On Their Website that Samsung Didn’t Copy the iPad
The never-ending Court battle over patents and devices between Samsung and Apple can sometimes produce surprising results. This is one of those cases where, apparently, Samsung has the upper hand.
A UK Judge reached a surprising decision in the case of Samsung’s allegedly coping Apple design of their iPad. The Judge has ordered Apple to post a notice on its website that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad. It not just that. Apple is also forced to post the decision in “several” British newspapers and magazines. The Cupertino giant has to have the notice up on its website for the next six months.
Recently, Apple lost another case against Samsung also in the UK as the Judge ruled that Samsung’s Tab devices cannot be confused with Apple products.
Update: Bloomberg posted an article with additional details on the situation.
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. It should be posted on Apple’s U.K. website for six months and published in several newspapers and magazines to correct the damaging 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, and is prejudicial to the company, Richard Hacon, a lawyer representing Cupertino, California-based 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.