UK Judge Who Chastised Apple Over Samsung 'Apology' Now Consulting as Patent Expert for Samsung

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A UK judge who was involved in a case in which Apple was ordered to publish a notice on its website saying that Samsung's Galaxy Tab did not copy the registered design for the iPad has been hired by Samsung as a patent expert in a separate legal battle with Ericsson, reports software patent blog FOSS Patents.

    Sir Robin Jacob served on a panel of appeals court judges reviewing the case after Apple complied with the initial court order but in a rather playful manner, quoting judge Colin Birss's earlier comment that the Galaxy Tab was "not as cool" as the iPad. Sir Robin was unamused, and ordered Apple to change the notice, accusing the company of acting with a "lack of integrity".

    FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller discovered that Sir Robin is now acting as a patent expert for Samsung from a mention in a letter from Samsung's legal counsel concerning the ITC investigation of a patent infringement complaint filed by Ericsson against Samsung. The blog points out that there is nothing illegal in the maneuver and expresses no doubt that the judge has acted properly at all times, but notes that the impression given is not necessarily a favorable one.
    Mueller himself has found himself embroiled in a somewhat similar situation, having served as consultant to Oracle (as well as Microsoft) while also writing about the patent battle between Oracle and Google.

    Article Link: UK Judge Who Chastised Apple Over Samsung 'Apology' Now Consulting as Patent Expert for Samsung
  2. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Smells fishy....

    I always thought that ruling was rather childish...
  3. Nicky G macrumors 6502a

    Nicky G

    Mar 24, 2002
    Baltimore & NYC
    Hah, I wish I could say "unbelievable" but let's get real -- megacorps run the world.
  4. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
  5. nsimpson94 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    United Kingdom
  6. Picka macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2011
  7. mcarling macrumors 65816

    Oct 22, 2009
    Outrageous corruption! The judge should be disbarred.
  8. turtlez macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2012
    Yeh, I wouldn't put it past Samsung to pay off people. After all without copying what would they be?
  9. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    That's innovation! Apple didn't do that before!
  10. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Better a former judge be a consultant than a former consultant be a judge.
  11. fatboyslick macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Other than implying foul play and sparking fanboy angst, why is this even published
  12. UnfetteredMind macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2012
    Page clicks of course!
  13. blackbirdz macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2012
    So it's true that you can buy everything with money. :p
  14. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    active judge AND a consultant.

    what a #$%^&*()
  15. craftytony macrumors regular


    Oct 3, 2012
    Sycamore, IL
    Lol, WOW....I was wondering why this guy made Apple post an apology. Ridiculous....
  16. JGRE macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2011
    Dutch Mountains
  17. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    Yes. Because we love to learn that even if the judge is hired by Samsung to be their consultant, he can act professionally and be as impartial as before in his profession as a judge. This is a role model for all of us. Even if I'm paid by one side I can still be impartial. Great.
  18. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    Love all the tin foil hats people are wearing. This stuff happens all the time. And by this stuff - I don't mean what's being implied on this thread. I mean hiring EXPERTS as consultants.
  19. Tiger8 macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
  20. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    This is great!

    We the people thought we were in charge, now we really know where we stand.
  21. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    "Implying foul play" is plenty of reason, isn't it?

    Apple is probably free to put this onto their website. "On order of Judge soandso, who is now paid as a consultant for Samsung, we'd like to tell you that Samsung phones are the greatest phones. Believe it or not. "
  22. iphone495, Feb 28, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2013

    iphone495 macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2012
    As a British, I would say "This is SCANDALOUS!"
  23. uknowimright macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2011
    great comedic responses so far guys, keep it up, work is kind of slow today and need the entertainment
  24. GoldenJoe macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
  25. SlugBlanket, Feb 28, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2013

    SlugBlanket macrumors regular

    Mar 5, 2011
    And Apple's "Playful compliance" wasn't ?

    Apple took the piss and they got spanked. The Judge moved on and is being paid for his expertise. The writer of the blog is an idiot. They mention all the disclaimers about the Judge doing nothing improper at the time of the ruling and then chastise him for being able to earn money for his expertise.

    Apple would be un-likely to hire him since he was one member of the panel that censured them for their shenanigans, however, if they had subsequently hired him for another matter, perhaps the blog writer would feel better about the world.

    Whilst amusing that's as far as this story goes.

    edit: In addition, the blog writer says that Apple "complied with the initial court order but in a rather playful manner". Well, they did not comply with the court order which is why they were censured in the first place. Also, no court in any jurisdiction likes their orders to be interpreted "in a rather playful manner". That lack of respect is bound to end only one way and frankly Apple were fortunate they were not dealt with more harsly or deemed to be in contempt.

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