Judge: Apple must run ads saying Samsung DIDN'T copy the iPad
What next? Macs aren't very good value for money?
Apple must run a national ad campaign saying that Samsung did not copy them, a High Court judge ruled yesterday - according to this Bloomberg report and a draft court order seen by The Reg.
Judge Birss of the Patents Court instructed Apple to run ads displaying the notice in newspapers and magazines including the Daily Mail, Financial Times, Guardian Mobile magazine and T3 magazine.
Apple must also display a "Samsung didn't copy us" notice on its UK homepage for 6 months. We understand that the judge rejected Samsung's proposal that all of Apple's European sites display this notice.
According to the draft order, the statement to be published on the UK homepage and in the print press will say that Samsung's Galaxy tablet computers do not infringe Apple's registered designs.
Judge Birss passed judgment on the case on 9 July stating that Samsung had not copied Apple's iPad, notably saying that the Samsung Galaxy Tab designs were less cool.
Apple's Alan Hely told us that Cupertino is not commenting on the decision. Samsung issued the following statement:
Should Apple continue to make excessive legal claims based on such generic designs, innovation in the industry could be harmed and consumer choice unduly limited.
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Why do you think an appeal will be successful? Looks like the judge is merely backing up his judgement that Apple's actions were damaging and maybe even defamatory. Nice precedent.
Maybe Apple's motto will become: live by the court, die by the court.
Well, that might damp down the patent shenigans a bit. I wonder if Apple will appeal, I would have thought so.
It's no more bizarre than insisting a newspaper retracts a false allegation. What is bizarre is that you think a judgment insisting on such a retraction is equivalent to allowing the complainant to defecate on the defendants' vehicles.