UK Judge rules that Apple must publicly acknowledge that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad

Fri, Jul 20, 2012

Legal, News

Earlier this week, a judge in the UK not only ruled against Apple regarding allegations that Samsung slavishly copied Apple’ s iOS devices, but also ruled that Apple must post a statement on its UK website and in British newspapers alerting the masses that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad when coming up with their own tablet designs.

Oh the embarassment!

The notice should outline the July 9 London court decision that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets don’t infringe Apple’s registered designs, Judge Colin Birss said today. It should be posted on Apple’s U.K. home page for six months and published in several newspapers and magazines to correct any impression the South Korea-based company was copying Apple’s product, Birss said.

The order means Apple will have to publish “an advertisement” for Samsung, Richard Hacon, a lawyer for Cupertino, California-based Apple, told the court. “No company likes to refer to a rival on its website.”

Now how’s that for some cruel and unusual punishment.

via Bloomberg


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