Apple Forced by UK to Print Public Apologies to Samsung for Design Theft Accusations
July 18, 2012 3:05 PM
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Court makes ruling after agreeing with Samsung that Apple's false statements could have caused harm
While the insanity continues in the U.S. with Apple, Inc. (
granted software patents with little care for reason
, in the United Kingdom sanity has slowly been restored, thanks to proactive London courts.
In recent weeks Apple saw UK courts order its
design patent narrowed
and many of its European Union
software patents invalidated
. There would be no bans of Android tablets or smartphones based on Apple's tenuous, and often painfully obvious "invention" claims, the judges ruled.
The decision only applies to the UK, as in the EU patents are granted first by regulators with the union's intellectual property body, then reissued as identical patents by each member-state. In other words, only the UK copy of the European Patent was invalidated. But the decision has a strong likelihood of informally swaying the decisions of courts in other member states, given the UK's leading economic role in the EU.
To add insult to injury, the UK court has ordered that Apple print an apology to Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) in several major newspapers, acknowledging that its competitor's design was not a copy of the iPad.
Samsung’s lawyer Kathryn Pickard complained at a UK hearing that Apple's highly publicized claims that Samsung had "stolen" the iPad design "caused real commercial harm."
While late Apple CEO Steve Jobs
of "stealing" his company's ideas,
vowing "thermonuclear war"
, Samsung has never admitted to doing such a thing. By contrast Mr. Jobs himself brazenly bragged of his company's lust for stealing others' work, "Picasso had a saying - 'Good artists copy, great artists steal.' And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas."
The court agreed with Samsung's assessment that Apple had harmed it with lies. It ordered Apple to pay for notices in four of the nation's top newspapers/publications --
the Daily Mail
. A draft must be sent to Samsung's lawyers for approval.
Apple must pay for apologies in several top UK publications. [Image Source:
Apple must also print a notice on its UK homepage for six months stating that Samsung's tablets are unique and do not copy its iPad.
Richard Hacon, Apple's lawyer bemoaned the ruling, saying it would amount to "an advertisement" for Samsung. He commented, "No company likes to refer to a rival on its website."
Apple's lawyers of late have been open in acknowledging how difficult it is for their company to keep up with its more lively South Korean rival, commenting, "Samsung is always one step ahead, launching another product and another product."
Sadly for those lawyers, their dream of trying to catch up by banning the competition have been rewarded with a public-relations nightmare.
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RE: Better then fines
7/19/2012 9:54:59 AM
Actually, I own a SGS3 and I am selling it and going back to a 4S to wait for the 5. Jelly Bean might be "faster", but will it be as consistent? My SGS3 slows down markedly once you start to fill up the internal storage and home screens take ages to refresh etc. Each version of Android promises to nail down a problem which iOS sorted in 2007, a slick accelerated GUI which doesn't slow down ever. The build quality of the SGS3 is awful, and I would be amazed if the home button still works after a year or the back cover hasn't cracked.
The ironic problem with the SGS3 is that there is no iTunes equivalent. Having heard all the whining about iTunes over the years, I assumed there would be something much better available for Android. How wrong I was. There is absolutely nothing that you can just plug in to the phone and it syncs everything you need it to. There is Samsung Kies, and it is crappy, as is DoubleTwist and iSyncr. Music playback is a complete pain once you drag and drop all the files in individual folders onto the device (how old school), there is no double tap home to go to music player and the remote functionality is not sophisticated enough to control going forward through tracks and backward. As music playback is a very important part to get wrong, I cannot really use the device without carrying around the iPhone which is a waste of £400. It is a bit of a shame, as some things like the OS design are more modern, as are the google app implementations but all the options and customisability in the world does not a great device make. I think the Windows phone is closer to offering the seamless apple-like experience than Android is to be honest but there's no way I'm buying one until I see the demographic growing.
RE: Better then fines
7/19/2012 10:10:59 AM
"My SGS3 slows down markedly once you start to fill up the internal storage and home screens take ages to refresh etc. "
My SGS3 is ridiculous fast, loaded like yours. You either have a defective device, or have done something that somehow is slowing it down, or your just full of s$%t.
"The build quality of the SGS3 is awful"
This is what makes me think your full of it... I am amazed at how great the build quality is. For a device with a screen this big, I find it amazing that a device this solid is so thin and light... or is it amazingly thin and light for a device that is so solid.
"The ironic problem with the SGS3 is that there is no iTunes equivalent. "
OK, its starting to make sense now. You think itunes is a good thing.
Me, I plug in my usb cable and copy files as if it were a flash drive, therefore there is no need for that aweful joke of software called iTunes. IOS is ok, but iTunes is just crap.
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