Some eagle-eyed chaps at Webwereld.nl, the Dutch sister site of Computerworld, have picked up on a cheeky anomaly with the picture of the Samsung Galaxy Tab submitted to the Regional Court of Dusseldorf.
It appears that the comparison image in Apple’s complaint – which ultimately resulted in a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 – has been modified to make Samsung’s tablet look more like the iPad.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab’s dimensions yield an aspect ratio of 1.46, but the Tab pictured in the complaint has a ratio of 1.36. That’s significantly closer to the iPad’s aspect ratio, which is 1.30.
The text below the comparison shot reads: "The overall appearance of the two products shown above is almost identical, because the Galaxy Tab 10.1 copies all distinctive elements of equipment of the iPad 2."
Arnout Groen, a Dutch lawyer with the firm Klos Morel Vos & Schaap, says: "This is a blunder. That such a 'mistake' is made in a case about design rights can scarcely be a coincidence.
“The aspect ratio of the alleged Galaxy Tab is clearly distorted to match the iPad more closely. Inasmuch as this faux pas will have consequences for the case is of course up to the judge. But at least a reprimand by the German judge seems to be in order."
Samsung's appeal is scheduled for August 25.