UK judge who ordered Apple ‘apology’ to Samsung and said Apple lacked integrity hired by Samsung

“The UK judge who ordered Apple to issue multiple statements saying that Samsung didn’t copy the design of the iPad has been hired on by Samsung to act as an expert in an ITC investigation,” Kevin Bostic reports for AppleInsider.

“The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob has been brought on as one of nine ‘experts […] working on behalf of’ Samsung according to FOSS Patents,” Bostic reports. “Samsung’s counsel submitted the filing listing Jacob as an expert witness in court on Wednesday. ”

Bostic reports, “In November of last year, Jacob ruled that Apple had failed to properly comply with a court order that it should prominently display on its website that Samsung had not copied the design of Apple’s iPad… Speaking on Apple’s initial attempt at complying with the court order, Jacob’s opinion read: ‘I hope that the lack of integrity involved in this incident is entirely atypical of Apple.'”

Read more in the full article here.

FLorian Mueller writes for FOSS Patents, “For someone so concerned with “integrity” it is utterly unusual to issue a high-profile and extreme ruling in favor of a particular party (Samsung in this case) only to be hired as an expert by that same party in another dispute.”

“I’m sure that Samsung and Sir Robin Jacob wouldn’t be doing this if there was any risk of this conduct violating the law,” Mueller writes. “Apparently an ex-judge who is invited to rule on a case involving a given party is not barred by existing UK rules (though this case here may spark a debate whether some reform is needed) from being hired by the same party in another litigation outside the UK less than four months later.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’d like to think that we’ve now seen everything, but, sadly, we don’t believe that’s the case.

Previously, we called this one of the stupidest judgements in history. It’s looking like something even worse now.

Obviously, to anyone with even a passing acquaintance to integrity, this moron ex-judge should have refused any and all offers from the slavish copier Samsung. Any random seven year old would have enough sense. That this abject fool didn’t do so forcefully and forthrightly tells you all you need to know about his character or lack thereof.

There is nothing uglier than a man who lacks integrity.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Arline M.,” and “Edward W.” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Apple’s reformed ‘apology’ to uncool Samsung appears in UK newspapers – November 2, 2012
UK judge orders Apple to rewrite website apology for uncool Samsung – November 1, 2012
Apple posts public apology to Samsung in UK – October 26, 2012
UK court upholds judgement: Samsung tablet does not infringe on Apple’s iPad designs because it’s ‘not as cool’; Apple forced to run ads saying Samsung did not copy iPad – October 18, 2012


  1. British judges are the most corrupt in the world. In fact on the scale of legal justice corruption, British judges are even more corrupt than the Taliban.

    At least you can’t buy the Taliban off with wads of cash whereas if you give a British judge a suitcase full of cash, odds are you’ll get the judgement you’re looking for.

    And this guy sits at the apex of corruption. 1 million Korean Won must have felt good passing through his greasy palms.

      1. mikecaine – (comments and options are free to say) BLN has 29 good votes at the present time – you have 15 boarding poor.

        I happen to agree with Ballmer on this one…
        take your irrational dislike defensive whines and shove it up the wozzoo butty-boy.

    1. And you have proof to support your scurrilous statement? I would say that you’re an ignorant, stupid American, showing yet again how you like to portray English people in a bad light, in order to feel better about yourselves. The blatant historical inaccuracies in various Hollywood movies designed to malign the English are clear examples, like those in Argo, Braveheart, and The Patriot, while U-571 blatantly made the whole Enigma machine capture an American success story, when it was British personnel who captured the machine from U-110 long before America even entered the war.
      Just reading this site, I would maintain that American judges are far more corrupt, especially those in East Texas.
      Screw you, BLN, and the horse you rode in on.

      1. If Americans had no respect for us British Folk there would be no love for the countries tv shows and of course me, Jony Ives.

        Still, One Bad Brit can spoil the reputation of many.

    2. Over and over it reads…

      The Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple’s registered design No. 0000181607-0001 — which is an aesthetics only patent.

      The question should be, “does Samsung have any patent for protecting its aesthetics?” And if not why? Because there is no point to file for patents on copied designs. The infringments go far beyond the look and shape but the entire packaage and how it functions.

      Samsung purposely mimics Apple as much as possible in order to confuse distinctive differences as to whos’ products is whos’.

      1. And since there doesn’t seem to be any patent for the Tab,
        Apple should win automatically.

        Because any child can decide for themselves as customers, that the 2 devices basically do the same thing and look very similar… Putting price as the definitive factor.

        In summary, the Tab is definitely a COPY as it presents itself as an alternative.

  2. Are you serious? To this extend?

    Nowadays lawyers and judges who lack integrity abound. They are the experts in manipulating loopholes to their advantages. But this ugly? And shameless? Is it serious?

    No need for argument if you have the power of in those legal stupidity.

  3. Well, I was going to take my family to London this year, but I have reconsidered. Bravo to MDN for seeing this as a sad statement on the Judge’s integrity. He has none. And we all understand Samsung.

    1. Seriously? You change your family’s vacation because one ex-judge does something that appears unethical but not unlawful? If this guy owned a restaurant I could see Apple fans not wanting to eat there, but to boycott an entire country?? And presumably disappoint your family into the bargain? Can you spell O V E R – R E A C T I O N ??
      BTW – the judge’s ruling was quite correct. Apple sued under a law to protect its registered design – a design which contained numerous details that Samsung simply did not copy. Can’t blame the judge for that. His ruling requiring Apple’s public statements was totally bizarre though and certainly smacked of bias.

    2. Hope you’ll change your mind, as London is a great city, and the judiciary on the whole a lawful bunch.

      Friend of mine is an utterly trustworthy Justice of the Peace. She’s also an excellent cook, though I don’t think the two skills are necessarily linked!

  4. Whatever. In any case and for whatever reason, in the war with Samsung, Samsung is winning. Going away winning. Apple is suffering from weak leadership. Extraordinarily weak leadership. The reason Samsung is winning is not just because they have good lawyers or that they are buying judges or stuff like that. No, Samsung is winning because they are out maneuvering Apple at every turn. Walk into any phone store, hang around for just ten minutes or so and you will see it. Until someone at Apple Inc. does something, this is only going to get worse. Until the owners of the company say enough already and find them a true leader to take the helm, it’s only going to get worse. iCal this.

    1. 1) Name your replacement and give qualifications
      2) any “leader” other than Stve Jobs is going to be a “weak leader”
      3) “…at every turn.” Except business activations, tablet sales, smartphone sales, music player sales and content

    2. Repetition cannot create truth from fiction, ppeterson, and your comments are not worth the effort of iCaling. Apple is strong, historically strong, massively strong, and it is far too early for anyone but a Samsung shill to be waving the flag of victory.

      The illegal iDevice clone wars have just begun and the outcome is far from decided.

    3. Since there doesn’t seem to be any patent for the Tab,
      Apple should win automatically with its patent No. 0000181607-0001.

      Because any child can decide for themselves as customers, that the 2 devices basically do the same thing and look very similar… Putting price as the definitive factor.

      In summary, the Tab is definitely a COPY as it presents itself as an alternative.

  5. FWIW, as an employee of the City of Cambridge, MA, USA, if I did such a thing (i.e. accept a job at a company previously involved with my civil duties), this is clearly against the ethics rules of both the City and the State. I’d be arrested and fined, if not jailed. So, WTF!?

  6. Does anything surprise u anymore? U had an openly gay judge strike down proposition 8 in California and a Supreme Court Justice with no judge experience before being appointed rule in favor Obsmacare after working on it FOR Obama rather than recuse herself! Do not underestimate the liberal corruption of the judicial system! Hey Holder, what other federal laws r u going to refuse to enforce as chief LE officer! Hey, Obama! How’s your terrorist buddy Bill Ayers doing? Another round of golf while our embassies r attacked anyone?

    1. Go away with your political anti-Obama rants. There’s plenty of political forums where you can post your hatred. This thread is about a UK judge accepting an engagement as an expert for Samsung. See? Nothing to do with Obama or liberals or Prop 8 at all.

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