Apple Inc. was ordered by a judge to publish a notice on its U.K. website and in British newspapers alerting people to a ruling that Samsung Electronics Co. didn’t copy designs for the iPad.
The notice should outline the July 9 London court decision that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets don’t infringe Apple’s registered designs, Judge Colin Birss said today. It should be posted on Apple’s U.K. home page for six months and published in several newspapers and magazines to correct any impression the South Korea-based company was copying Apple’s product, Birss said.
Judge Birss’ order comes a week after he ruled that Samsung’s tablets aren’t likely to be confused with Apple’s because they’re “not as cool.”. Apple had sought to keep Samsung from selling the devices in the UK by claiming patent infringement.
Apple’s lawyer contends that the judge’s order is tantamount to requiring Apple to advertise a competitor’s product, but that complaint fell on deaf ears.
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I can’t figure out how Apple will play this one. They have to comply with the law, but, I just can’t see Apple paying for ads that even mention Samsung, let alone doing so in a way that absolves them of copying the iPad.