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Apple UK Has to Publicy Apologise to Samsung for Lawsuit

By - Source: CNet | B 55 comments

That's gotta sting.

Apple UK has been ordered to post notices on its website publicly apologising to Samsung and informing readers that Samsung did not copy Apple designs.

Apple and Samsung have been duking it out in courts around the world for more than a year as Apple claims Samsung copied the iPad and iPhone in its Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets. The resulting lawsuits have seen both companies win and lose in various countries. Most recently, a UK court ruled in Samsung's favour. The judge said that Samsung wasn't infringing upon Apple patents because the Galaxy Tab wasn't cool. So, a victory for Samsung, albeit sort of an embarrassing one.

However, that isn't the end of it. Apple must now publicly announce the court's findings on its own website that Samsung did not copy Apple products.

CNet reports that British Judge Colin Birss has ordered Apple to publish newspaper notices apologising to Samsung and admitting that the Korean company did not copy the iPad. Additionally, this apology must also be posted on Apple's own UK website, and it must stay there for the next six months. The order is designed to undo any harm Apple's lawsuit may have done to Samsung's brand in the United Kingdom.

We'll update when Apple does publish the apology. We know we're not the only ones dying to read it.

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    codefuapprentice , July 20, 2012 12:16 PM
    Apple had this coming.....in the words of Nelson Muntz:
    http://www.beersoaked.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/nelson-muntz.jpg

    Sorry, i just had to
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    drwho1 , July 20, 2012 12:12 PM
    This could get interesting, a public apology like this it could be used worldwide, not only in the UK.
    It could end Apple's frivolous lawsuits for good.

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    830hobbes , July 20, 2012 12:34 PM
    This is awesome. Fines only go so far. Publicly apologizing for misbehaving should always be part of a frivolous lawsuit punishment.
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    coreym72 , July 20, 2012 12:09 PM
    I must have missed the part that defined sheepherding is cool.
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    Sakkura , July 20, 2012 12:10 PM
    Judging like a Birrs.
  • 28 Hide
    drwho1 , July 20, 2012 12:12 PM
    This could get interesting, a public apology like this it could be used worldwide, not only in the UK.
    It could end Apple's frivolous lawsuits for good.

  • 30 Hide
    codefuapprentice , July 20, 2012 12:16 PM
    Apple had this coming.....in the words of Nelson Muntz:
    http://www.beersoaked.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/nelson-muntz.jpg

    Sorry, i just had to
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    darthvidor , July 20, 2012 12:18 PM
    hah, i your face crapple, only retarded judges see the galaxy tab as an ipad
  • 18 Hide
    bv90andy , July 20, 2012 12:34 PM
    This makes me feel so happy. I like the designs Apple puts out, but I hate the constant lawsuits.
  • 25 Hide
    830hobbes , July 20, 2012 12:34 PM
    This is awesome. Fines only go so far. Publicly apologizing for misbehaving should always be part of a frivolous lawsuit punishment.
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    Crush3d , July 20, 2012 12:38 PM
    Awesome.
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    srap , July 20, 2012 12:42 PM
    codefuapprenticeApple had this coming.....in the words of Nelson Muntz:http://www.beersoaked.com/blog/wp- [...] -muntz.jpgSorry, i just had to

    I couldn't agree more.
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    Jerky_san , July 20, 2012 12:54 PM
    This kind of reminds me of cartman on south park where he licks the tears off scott teatherman after making him eat his own parents.. o-o The sweet revenge samsung is getting..
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    back_by_demand , July 20, 2012 1:02 PM
    Knowing how spiteful and backhanded Apple is they will probably comply with this in the most minimal fashion possible, by having the entire court ruling and transcript in 0.5 point font size and the same colour as the background, except the bit where it says "Samsung is not cool" where it will 'magically' become 72 point bold animated fire letters.
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    freggo , July 20, 2012 1:09 PM
    Now that is an interesting punishment.
    Wondering if that can be used against Apple in other countries!
  • 17 Hide
    irh_1974 , July 20, 2012 1:29 PM
    Expect a wave of thumbs down as the Applefags try to piss all over the comments
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    serendipiti , July 20, 2012 1:51 PM
    "The judge said that Samsung wasn't infringing upon Apple patents because the Galaxy Tab wasn't cool."

    Seems like a Solomonic decision, just not to anger anybody... or try to please everyone (which in fact is an strange behaviour from a judge). Some Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark?

    I feel the apology from apple will be quoting the "because samsung is not cool"...
    If this is the candy for Apple, hope they also got a serious ear pull and advice to give up these patent wars...

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    icemunk , July 20, 2012 1:55 PM
    I wish some patent judge will slap them with a HUGE HUGE fine to get them to stop wasting the courts time over trivial obsurded patent laws. Hit them with a $5 billion dollar fine, and state that the abuse of the patent laws cannot continue.
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