UK Judge forces Apple to publish notice that Samsung didn’t copy iPad

“A U.K. judge ordered Apple Inc. to publish a notice on its website and in British newspapers alerting people to a ruling that Samsung Electronics Co. didn’t copy designs for the iPad,” Kit Chellel reports for Bloomberg.

“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,” Chellel reports. “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, Birss said… Judge Birss said in his July 6 ruling that Samsung’s tablets were unlikely to be confused with the iPad because they are ‘not as cool.'”

Chellel reports, “Judge Birss didn’t grant Samsung’s bid for an injunction blocking Apple from making public statements that the Galaxy infringed its design rights. ‘They are entitled to their opinion that the judgment is not correct,’ he said.”

“As well as Apple’s website, the company must pay for notices in the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, Guardian Mobile magazine, and T3, according to a draft copy of the order provided by Samsung’s lawyers,” Chellel reports. “Apple’s lawyer said the company would appeal the July 9 decision and Judge Birss granted the company permission to take its case to the court of appeal.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We hereby publish notice that Samsung not only copied Apple’s iPad, Samsung also copied Apple’s iPhone with the intent to fool the terminally obtuse and offer the following proof:

Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

By the way, excellent job, Apple lawyers, you outdid yourselves, as usual. Of course, this isn’t to the level of handing Microsoft the Mac in perpetuity (nice win on that Trash Can, though), but not only did you fail to protect Apple from Samsung’s blatant attempts at “passing off” (look it up) in the UK, but you got Apple to be forced to publish an obvious lie. And you charged Apple for the honor. Amazing.

If you think the judge is a couple IQ points short of blooming idiot, you haven’t met Apple’s crack legal team.

Related articles:
Samsung wins U.K. Apple ruling over ‘not as cool’ Galaxy TabJuly 9, 2012
Now Samsung slavishly copies Apple’s Mac mini – June 1, 2012
Samsung Mobile chief ‘designer’ denies that Samsung’s instinct is to slavishly copy Apple – March 23, 2012
Slavish copier Samsung shamelessly steals Apple’s iPhone 3G design – again – January 3, 2012
Slavish copier Samsung uses girl actress from iPhone 4S ad for Galaxy Tab 8.9 spot (with video) – January 2, 2012
Now Samsung’s slavishly copying Apple’s iPad television ads (with videos) – December 30, 2011
Judge: Can you tell me which is iPad and which is yours? Samsung lawyer: ‘Not at this distance your honor’ – October 14, 2011
Why are Apple’s icons on the wall of Samsung’s store? – September 24, 2011
Apple to Samsung: ‘Blatant copying is wrong’ – April 18, 2011
Apple sues Samsung for attempting to copy look and feel of iPhone, iPad – April 18, 2011
Samsung’s ‘Instinct’ is obviously to make Apple iPhone knockoffs – April 1, 2008


    1. There’s a way for Apple to turn this on its head: mount a new ad campaign making fun of “substitute”, second-rate tablets, the hilarious television spots ending with the signature Apple logo together with the sparkling word Genuine.

  1. I had to look at the calendar to make sure this isn’t April Fools Day. Or maybe today is April Fools Day in the UK. If not, it looks like I will continue to do the only thing I can do – vote with my dollars! No Shamsung products in this house.

  2. Apple should tell the UK judge to eff off and close all operations in the U.K. until common sense prevails. It’ll cost some $, but will be worth it. Nice to see the US doesn’t have a monopoly on clueless morons in robes.

  3. Fantastic!!
    One could easily be lead to believe that Samsung has at the least a couple of judges in the UK on their payroll.
    If so I wonder how much they are paying to keep them in their pocket. Perhaps it would be cheaper to just admit they copied Apple?

  4. What meds is that judge on? I’d hate to bring a case before him — being required to walk the town streets nude with a strategic placard stating “I had an error in my work invoice.”

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