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Apple Doesn't Have to Say Sorry to Samsung Yet

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 38 comments

Cupertino is appealing the order that demanded it apologise to Samsung.

This day last week, it emerged that aside from ruling in Samsung's favor in a patent dispute between Apple and the South Korean company, a UK judge had ordered Apple to publicly apologise to Samsung. British Judge Colin Birss last week ordered Apple to publish newspaper notices apologising to Samsung and admitting that the Korean company did not copy the iPad. Additionally, the apology was to appear on Apple's UK website, and stay there for six months.

The apology was supposed to undo any harm Apple's lawsuit may have done to Samsung's brand in the United Kingdom. However, it seems Samsung may have to wait a while for that apology. ITProPortal has revealed that a London court has ruled to stay the order issued by Judge Birss. According to the site, Apple's lawyers argued that the demand for an apology would essentially mean Apple advertising for Samsung. There will now be a full appeals process, which is set to kick off in October. 

Judge Birss was the same judge to rule in Samsung's favour earlier this month. Rather comically, the judge said that Samsung wasn't infringing upon Apple patents because the Galaxy Tab wasn't cool. So, while it's a win for Samsung, no doubt the company was a bit embarrassed by that comment.

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  • 27 Hide
    theconsolegamer , July 28, 2012 2:01 PM
    I just patented the action of apologizing in text and verbally. I'm just waiting Apple.... I'm just waiting.
  • 27 Hide
    back_by_demand , July 28, 2012 2:04 PM
    Apple already advertises for Samsung
    ...
    Everthing they make has Samsung componants in it
  • 16 Hide
    NightLight , July 28, 2012 2:05 PM
    the sIII knocks the socks out of the iphone, and they know it!
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  • 27 Hide
    theconsolegamer , July 28, 2012 2:01 PM
    I just patented the action of apologizing in text and verbally. I'm just waiting Apple.... I'm just waiting.
  • 27 Hide
    back_by_demand , July 28, 2012 2:04 PM
    Apple already advertises for Samsung
    ...
    Everthing they make has Samsung componants in it
  • 6 Hide
    Soulmachiklamo , July 28, 2012 2:05 PM
    How typical! They're just to stubborn to even apologise... But it is in some way advertisement for Samsung though... But even then, they're just too stubborn :D  Apple & Patents, it'll never end.
  • 16 Hide
    NightLight , July 28, 2012 2:05 PM
    the sIII knocks the socks out of the iphone, and they know it!
  • 8 Hide
    rantoc , July 28, 2012 2:18 PM
    So the biggest crybaby of all the company's cry some more, for a situation they placed themselves in. Amazing! How about voiding all generic licenses from all company's and focus on real patents!?
  • 7 Hide
    del35 , July 28, 2012 2:19 PM
    Disgusting iCrap and the hordes of morons that enable it.
  • 9 Hide
    A Bad Day , July 28, 2012 3:04 PM
    Too proud to apologize...
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    NuclearShadow , July 28, 2012 3:41 PM
    Apologies from corporations are extremely rare unless it is part of PR. Just like the admittance of any guilt is the same way. How many times have we seen a corporation get caught red handed knowingly breaking a law or is dominated in a lawsuit and despite the obvious loss in court they make sure to announce that they still refuse to admit any guilt.
  • 7 Hide
    face-plants , July 28, 2012 3:50 PM
    Apple has shown they can admit mistakes at least once recently by rejoining the EPEAT environmental testing agency and actually saying "we made a mistake" in a press release. This ridiculous feud they've started with Samsung sure seems like the perfect time for them to exercise their humbleness once more. If they're worried about free advertising for Samsung, why don't they just publicly apologize to the entire world for being a-holes so no particular company gets a free shout out. They should also apologize to the customers they hurt who couldn't buy the tablets and phones they wanted (Galaxy and Nexus products in various countries) because Apple got sales injunctions on them. The customers were probably the biggest losers in this whole deal since Apple and Samsung seem to be headed for a stalemate.
  • 3 Hide
    beayn , July 28, 2012 3:51 PM
    Yeah, it's advertising, but they also made Microsoft advertise for competing web browsers...
  • 4 Hide
    halcyon , July 28, 2012 3:53 PM
    Apple's iPhone is already really beginning to advertise for other companies. I have a 64GB iPhone and while capable the SIII is newer in a lot of important ways. If the iPhone 5 is not a dramatic shift from the iPhone 4 Apple is going to continue to slide down as it won't take a geek to see that the competition is outclassing them.
  • 0 Hide
    face-plants , July 28, 2012 4:07 PM
    The iPhone 5 will sell like hotcakes regardless. It is the last iPhone that Steve Jobs was directly involved with the development of. Like him or not, the man truly was a great product designer and the fact that it's the last "Jobs iPhone" is more than enough reason for hordes of mindless drones to camp outside Apple stores for 2 days to be one of the first to get one.
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    JOSHSKORN , July 28, 2012 4:58 PM
    NightLightthe sIII knocks the socks out of the iphone, and they know it!

    Call me when the SIII's battery life is better than the DROID RAZR MAXX's.
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    scannall , July 28, 2012 5:16 PM
    If I were Apple the ad would say "Clearly we were wrong, and the judge was right. They didn't copy us."

    And underneath that I would have all the photos from http://peanutbuttereggdirt.com/e/2011/05/03/apple-vs-samsung-a-visual-guide-to-apples-ip-claims-hardware-icons-packaging/

    Just to piss 'em off.
  • 1 Hide
    codefuapprentice , July 28, 2012 5:31 PM
    Hey apple, does it hurt?
    How'd you like them apples?
  • 4 Hide
    ikyung , July 28, 2012 6:07 PM
    JOSHSKORNCall me when the SIII's battery life is better than the DROID RAZR MAXX's.

    So you would rather get a Razr maxx for 300 dollars then S3 for 200 and spend 40 dollars to get a 5000 mAh replacement battery which extends S3 battery time well over the 3300 mAh battery inside a Razr Maxx?

    Yeah, okay. Next.
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    Vorador2 , July 28, 2012 6:09 PM
    Not surprised. Apple is too prideful to even apologize.
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    house70 , July 28, 2012 6:09 PM
    JOSHSKORNCall me when the SIII's battery life is better than the DROID RAZR MAXX's.

    Call me when iP4s battery life is better than... well, pretty much any other top phone out there.
    In other news, SGS3's battery is user-replaceable, meaning - ready for it? - that you can replace it with whatever battery capacity you want, including some 3700+ mAh out there. Last I heard, the Maxx can't do that (besides other thing it can't do...).
    I don't dislike the MAXX, but Moto has clearly abandoned the game for a while. They really need to get back into it and I don't see it beyond me to actually pick one of their phones.
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    JohnnyLucky , July 28, 2012 6:10 PM
    I never really understood all the fuss.
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