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Apple Loses UK Appeal, Must Apologize to Samsung Publicly

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Apple has lost its appeal against a UK court's decision that Samsung did not copy Apple's iPad.

Apple and Samsung have been duking it out in courts around the world for what seems like an age. About three months ago, Apple was handed a loss when a UK court ruled that Samsung hadn't copied the iPad in the production and design of its Galaxy Tab tablet. The courts also ruled that Apple must publicly apologize to Samsung and inform readers that Samsung did not copy Apple designs.

Apple, of course, appealed the decision, delaying any such apology. However, today it emerged that Apple lost that appeal, meaning the apology is back on. The BBC writes that Apple was previously ordered to place ads on its own UK website, as well as in widely read UK publications (including the Daily Mail, Financial Times, T3 Magazine), to  "correct the damaging impression" that Samsung was a copycat.

This past summer, a UK judge said that Samsung wasn't infringing upon Apple patents because the Galaxy Tab wasn't cool.

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    abbadon_34 , October 19, 2012 10:09 AM
    I wonder if they'll actually do it, or simply ignore it and pay any fines . millions or billions no problem, i'm sure they're calculating the PR cost of the middle finger
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    tomfreak , October 19, 2012 11:52 AM
    Seems the British guys in the court have more common sense than the Americans ones.
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    rantoc , October 19, 2012 10:23 AM
    As arrogant as the company is I bet they rather pay a hefty fine, the arrogance is due to its customers are silent consenting to their methods (by buying more of the products).

    _Any_ other company who would have contracted a company who have been busted using child labour and have several suicide cases due to working conditions, claiming design faults on their customers (your holding it wrong), make a poor excuse for established software (maps) would have been boycotted rather than take new sell records.

    I really have to admire the marketing and pr of the company because they not only allow them to reap in ridiculous margins but also see past all the faults of the company and still make the customer believe its the best thing ever. Its simply amazing what a shroud they put on the sheeps eyes.
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  • 32 Hide
    abbadon_34 , October 19, 2012 10:09 AM
    I wonder if they'll actually do it, or simply ignore it and pay any fines . millions or billions no problem, i'm sure they're calculating the PR cost of the middle finger
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    Anonymous , October 19, 2012 10:22 AM
    oh that is so funny

    apple to samsung

    i'm so sorry, now can you please pay me the $1b i extorted from you in us, nothing personal, just business you know. oh, and by the way we will need to order some more of those things you sold us the other week for our upcoming new products.
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    rantoc , October 19, 2012 10:23 AM
    As arrogant as the company is I bet they rather pay a hefty fine, the arrogance is due to its customers are silent consenting to their methods (by buying more of the products).

    _Any_ other company who would have contracted a company who have been busted using child labour and have several suicide cases due to working conditions, claiming design faults on their customers (your holding it wrong), make a poor excuse for established software (maps) would have been boycotted rather than take new sell records.

    I really have to admire the marketing and pr of the company because they not only allow them to reap in ridiculous margins but also see past all the faults of the company and still make the customer believe its the best thing ever. Its simply amazing what a shroud they put on the sheeps eyes.
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    shoelessinsight , October 19, 2012 10:34 AM
    Cats_PawWell... I dont really like apple, but the only thing this does is waste time and money from the court.

    Assigning fines and punishment is a waste of the court's time? Yes, this whole suit from beginning to end was a waste of time to begin with, but it was Apple that picked the fight, not the courts. Now the UK courts are just cleaning up the mess.

    rantocAs arrogant as the company is I bet they rather pay a hefty fine, the arrogance is due to its customers are silent consenting to their methods (by buying more of the products)._Any_ other company who would have contracted a company who have been busted using child labour and have several suicide cases due to working conditions, claiming design faults on their customers (your holding it wrong), make a poor excuse for established software (maps) would have been boycotted rather than take new sell records.I really have to admire the marketing and pr of the company because they not only allow them to reap in ridiculous margins but also see past all the faults of the company and still make the customer believe its the best thing ever. Its simply amazing what a shroud they put on the sheeps eyes.

    I agree with most of this, minus the points referring to Foxconn. You say any other company than Apple would be boycotted for using Foxconn, but the truth is that almost every tech company uses them to some degree, and most people don't seem to be boycotting those companies. To be fair, it's hard to boycott something when there's almost no alternative and it's difficult to track which products use Foxconn parts.
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    egilbe , October 19, 2012 10:51 AM
    "This past summer, a UK judge said that Samsung wasn't infringing upon Apple patents because the Galaxy Tab wasn't cool."

    So Apple has not only patented colors and shapes, but now cool, too? :)  So Funny
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    house70 , October 19, 2012 10:55 AM
    LOL. A copy of that apologetic ad will make Wallpaper of the Month.
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    alidan , October 19, 2012 11:29 AM
    samsung, hire a look alike actor and make a fake windows vs mac comertial.
    (samsung first, apple second, in alturnateing order)
    im a samsung
    im an iphone
    iphone, you got something to say
    no
    really, i got a court order that you have to
    fine... im sorry i lied and tried to make it look like you were copying us
    fell better
    no
    well i do
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    cornandbeans , October 19, 2012 11:50 AM
    egilbe"This past summer, a UK judge said that Samsung wasn't infringing upon Apple patents because the Galaxy Tab wasn't cool."So Apple has not only patented colors and shapes, but now cool, too? So Funny

    I think he said that so if Apple wants to appeal they have to admit they are not cool first. (Samsung copied us, so if their products are uncool, ours are too!)
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    CrArC , October 19, 2012 11:51 AM
    "Sorry your products aren't as cool as ours." - Apple.

    Apple will find a way to grill Samsung while 'apologising' in these adverts, I'm sure.
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    tomfreak , October 19, 2012 11:52 AM
    Seems the British guys in the court have more common sense than the Americans ones.
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    hellfire24 , October 19, 2012 12:10 PM
    Samsung is like "Funk Yeah" lol
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    InvalidError , October 19, 2012 1:27 PM
    shoelessinsightAssigning fines and punishment is a waste of the court's time?

    When most of the patents being disputed are trivial and worthless things like bounce-back scrolling that should not have been granted in the first place, it certainly looks like a waste of the courts' time due to patent offices not doing their job cross-checking existing patents and prior-art before granting new patents.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , October 19, 2012 2:17 PM
    CrArC"Sorry your products aren't as cool as ours." - Apple.Apple will find a way to grill Samsung while 'apologising' in these adverts, I'm sure.

    The best part, IIRC, is that Apple has to vet the apology by Samsung before publishing it. :p 
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    bllue , October 19, 2012 3:00 PM
    "Our products are garbage, therefore Samsung wouldn't want to copy us" - Apple. You're welcome Apple
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , October 19, 2012 4:06 PM
    gfairSo Apple has to apologize despite the fact that everybody admits Samsung stole generously from the iPhone and iPad on numerous different design and technology counts. I have seen the statements and spoken with numerous individuals - everybody admits what Samsung stole from Apple is non-trivial, and they all continue to concur that what Samsung stole was not just patents that may be invalid due to prior art, but genuine patented innovation and the look-and-feel of the iPhone and iPad. Remember that story of the court forcing the rape victim to marry the attacker? This stinks an awful lot like that.

    Who is this "everybody" of whom you speak? There's far from general agreement on that subject, unless you actually meant "Everybody who uses Apple products 'admits' that what Samsung stole from Apple is nontrivial..."

    Also, your post lost all credibility when you compared a genuine atrocity to the squabbling of corporations.
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    Anonymous , October 19, 2012 4:17 PM
    @gfair

    yes i believe Samsung actually stole some skin tissue of Steve Jobs and have secretly cloned him so they can more closely copy Apple's 'design' as well as the secret of the technology behind grid of rounded square icons and bounce back
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    Be0wulf22 , October 19, 2012 5:00 PM
    "a UK judge said the Samsung wasn't infriging upon Apple patents because the Galaxy Tab wasn't cool"



    "Dear Samung users, we're sorry your tablet isn't cool like ours. For a moment there we thought it might be, but we've been proven wrong in a court of law. Best wishes and good luck with your uncool tablet." --Apple

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    lp231 , October 19, 2012 8:07 PM
    house70LOL. A copy of that apologetic ad will make Wallpaper of the Month.


    We need to frame it and send a copy to every museum in the world so future generations will see the epic fail on Apple for millions and millions of years!
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