UK Judge Rules Apple Must Publish Notices Acknowledging Samsung Did Not Copy iPad

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Business Insider points to a Bloomberg bulletin indicating 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 UK court had previously ruled that the Galaxy Tab did not infringe upon Apple's design, with the judge observing that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is simply "not as cool" as the iPad.


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

    We'll update this article once the full Bloomberg report is available.

    Update: Bloomberg's article has gone live with additional details on the situation.
    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.

    Article Link: UK Judge Rules Apple Must Publish Notices Acknowledging Samsung Did Not Copy iPad
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2005
    Lol I bet Apple will include that 'not as cool as iPad' somewhere in their mandatory notice..

    And they can legally prove it's true... I don't see why they wouldn't want to point that out :)
  3. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Is this judge actually serious ?

    Why not have Apple hire someone to walk around in front of Apple Stores with a sign that says the same thing. That's just as stupid as this "ruling"
  4. macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    Good for the judge. There has to be consequences to keep things transparent and grounded.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2007
    Bristol, UK
  6. macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    Agreed. I'd love them to turn it into a full on marketing campaign.
  7. macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    Before the iPad, tablets sucked.
    After the iPad, everyone well... er... copied the iPad.

  8. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2012
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2008
    I don't understand this at all. Unless Apple was previously asserting on their website that Samsung was copying the iPad, I don't see how they can force them to even mention another company in that way. Seems silly to me.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    Do they also have to start selling Samsung tabs on their websites?!? Give me a break.

    This sounds like a kids` bet where one has to wear a loser shirt to school.
  11. macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2011
    Champaign, IL
    Following the same logic, there should be only one maker of cars -__-
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2012
    To me, all the tablets before the iPad look pretty similar too.
  13. macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Apple maybe should have toned down the media bashing and libel against Samsung if they didn't want to have to do this. You know, wait until a court has decided something before you go make claims of "blatant copying". Look how much it's been picked up by people, now Apple have to undo the damage and injury they caused with their unfounded accusations.
  14. macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2011
    Ouch. I can see this making Apple cringe. They're not ones to do stuff like this so I'm sure they're not happy. I wonder how they'll carry out the "notice."
  15. macrumors 65816


    Mar 26, 2008
    Now that's just humiliating.

    Humiliating, but funny :p
  16. macrumors 65816


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    Not a lawyer, but I can't imagine this surviving on appeal. Granted the UK is not the US, but since when do you have to publicize the loss of a case? Pay the defendant's legal fee, yes, but this seems weird to me. I could see if it were a libel case where you WON, that you would ask to have a retraction, but this is not that kind of case. Plus, why would any one who visits Apple's site care about the fact that Samsung didn't copy? Shouldn't that be more interesting to people who visit Samsung's site?
  17. macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    Me too. At most they could force Apple to retract marketing, but I seriously doubt they can dictate such things on a website. That could constitute advertising. IMO the most a judge could do is force Apple to make a public statement acknowledging such a thing, but they can't dictate a websites design for an extended period of time - especially when they never made such statements online in the first place.

    ETA: Even more so given that this is not a libel case at all. Anything public Apple did say is totally irrelevant since they are not being charged with libel or slander. I don't see this surviving appeal.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2009
    "Not as cool as the iPad"? Honestly, why do judges and attorney's always have to speak in legalese I can't understand... would plain English kill them?

  19. macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2003
    This is awesome! Think of all the fun could have with this ...

    "This is our announcement that Samsung did not copy the iPad with their Galaxy Tab. Even if they tried to, it doesn't matter because Judge so and so says it 'isn't as cool' as an iPad. Click here to purchase your "cool" iPad."

    (so, not the best spot, but you get the idea)
  20. macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    Bury it on a page with very few ways to find it/navigate to it.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    right, the only auto maker I see doing the same thing in the car industry is hyundai (another korean company) imitating the likes of mercedes, bmw.

    I thought chinese companies were bad at copying, korean companies are worse.
  22. macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Same goes for iPhone.

    Competition is good. Copying is bad.

    I wonder if the same can be applied to music and arts? Can a judge simply "state" that it wasn't copied well enough..?
  23. macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2012
    With style. If it comes to that.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    I don't think that is a healthy comparison. It is more like this: Mercedes-Benz comes up with a design, and some other company (say Hyundai) makes a car very similar to it. Don`t consider the engine and the wheels etc. That`s what I see with before and after iPad pictures. There are still processors, touch interfaces, rams but you see different designs.
  25. macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    Ha Ha. At least UK judges have a little common sense. If you let other judges approve patent status on things as general as "touch based input for mobile phone" there is no ending to the litigation possible (and money and legal fees) The new gold mine is patent lawyer (used to be doctor/ real lawyer) at least until we pull our collective heads out of our asses.

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