South Korea's Samsung (IW 1000/12) won a patent battle Monday against U.S. rival Apple (IW 500/14), with a British judge ruling that Samsung's Galaxy tablet was not "cool" enough to be confused with Apple's iPad.

Britain's high court ruled that the Galaxy tablet made by Samsung, the world's largest electronics company, did not infringe Apple's registered design and that consumers were not likely to confuse it with the iPad tablet.

"They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design," Judge Colin Birss said in his ruling.

"They are not as cool."

He added that the Samsung tablet is much thinner than the iPad, with "unusual details on the back," and gave Apple 21 days to appeal against the decision.