UK Judge – Apple must run ads stating that Samsung didn’t copy iPad

UK Judge – Apple must run ads stating that Samsung didn’t copy iPad

According to a Bloomberg report, the UK judge who recently ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab does not infringe upon the iPad’s designs has ordered that Apple publish notices outlining the court’s judgement.

Essentially Apple is required to produce advertisements, both on its website and via British newspapers, stating that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets didn’t infringe on the company’s designs. Apple lawyer Richard Hacon is quoted as saying to the court that “No company likes to refer to a rival on its website.

The judge’s new ruling apparently stems from comments Apple made after the initial judgement, where the company said, “It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas.”

Bloomberg however reports that Judge Colin Birss has declined Samsung’s attempt to get an injunction against Apple making statements to that effect, saying that “They are entitled to their opinion”

Source: Bloomberg via The Guardian

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