UK Judge Tells Apple To Acknowledge Samsung Did Not Copy iPad

Galaxy Tab 10.1

Quoting a Bloomberg report, Business Insider reported that a UK judge has ruled Apple must display on its UK website and in British newspapers a notice acknowledging that Samsung did not copy the design of the iPad with its Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The judge of UK court had previously ruled that the Galaxy Tab did not infringe upon Apple’s design. He observed that Galaxy Tab 10.1 was simply “not as cool” as the iPad.

According to online news reports, Apple will need to post the notice on its UK website for six months. Presumably, Apple can appeal the ruling, although that information has not yet been disclosed.

Bloomberg reported:

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 UK 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. However, Birss ruled that Apple was within its rights to make such claims in line with the company’s belief that the ruling is incorrect. This may serve as a consolation to Apple.

Source: Mac Rumors

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