Judge forces Apple to advertise that Samsung did not copy iPad design

Macworld Australia Staff
19 July, 2012
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A judge in the UK is forcing Apple to publicly acknowledge that Samsung did not copy the iPad design, according to Bloomberg.

Apple has been ordered to post a notice on its website  homepage and in several British newspapers and magazines highlighting a recent court ruling that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad, to correct the damaging impression the South Korea-based company was copying Apple’s product, said Judge Colin Birss.

Apple must leave that notice up on its website for the next six months.

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

Samsung had also requested that Apple be barred from making public statements claiming that the Galaxy Tab had infringed upon the iPad design, but Birss ruled that Apple is within its rights to make such claims in line with the company’s belief that the ruling is incorrect.

In the ruling earlier this month Birss ruled that the that the two tablets could not be confused because the Samsung Galaxy Tab was not as “cool” as the iPad. He has granted the company permission to take its case to the court of appeal.

Apple is fighting copyright infringement cases in a number of markets against some of its competitors, including against Samsung in the United States and  against Samsung and Motorola in Germany.





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  1. Charms says:

    This is the most stupid ruling and highlights the different jurisdictions around the world when the US has banned Samsung Galaxy because it copies and infringes patents. Anyone looking at the Samsung products can see they have looked at what Apple has done before them and said lets copy it = minimise real development costs. I hope Apple wins the appeal.

  2. Alan Gibson says:

    This judge needs to be relieved of his duties as it would appear he cannot make a rational decision (or maybe worse, got to by Samsung???).

  3. Kevin says:

    So many things wrong with this. Just because a court doesn’t uphold a copyright claim doesn’t mean that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad. It’s obvious that they did. And why should Apple have to make a public statement on their website etc when they didn’t declare there that Samsung had copied the iPad? I struggle to see how the judge’s demand is either legally correct or compliant with general business rules.

  4. Joshua says:

    Man oh man….As if Samsung, or any other manufacturer, could even offer a similar product, without Apple’s ‘magnificent’ input to the Computer industry over the years.

    This Judge was wrong in his ruling…In my humble opinion.

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