Apple ordered to publish ads stating Samsung did not copy iPad!
Well this is embarrassing.
A UK judge has ordered that Apple must post an update on its own website and publish an advertisement stating that Samsung did not copy its iPad designs.
The notice must outline the decision from the 9th of July 2012, that Samsung did in fact not copy any of Apple’s designs with its Galaxy Tab products. To make things worse, Apple must keep the advertisements and notice on its own website running for six months!
Now no company likes to even make mention of its competitors on its own material, let alone run a statement like this prominently on its own website for such a long period of time.
To add insult to injury, Apple must also pay for advertisements in the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, Guardian Mobile magazine, and other publications in the UK.
Maybe this is a sign that finally Judges are getting a bit sick of Apple and its relentless legal tirades over anyone else trying to produce a touchscreen smartphone or tablet – and let’s hope I say!
Judge Colin Birss said:
The notice should outline the July 9 London court decision that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets don’t infringe Apple’s registered designs. 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.
Richard Hacon, a lawyer representing Cupertino, California-based Apple said:
The order means Apple will have to publish “an advertisement” for Samsung, and is prejudicial to the company, No company likes to refer to a rival on its website.
View Bloomberg’s news piece on the ruling right here and if you wish to follow the case it is listed under Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited & Anr v. Apple Inc., High Court of Justice,Chancery Division, HC11C03050. We will bring more news on this topic as it breaks.