Apple Forced by UK to Print Public Apologies to Samsung for Design Theft Accusations
July 18, 2012 3:05 PM
comment(s) - last by
(Source: Walt Disney)
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.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Better then fines
7/20/2012 7:28:00 AM
If you are struggling with how to use your Galaxy Note then maybe you should ask someone how to use it.
Folks are usually happy to help old folk on how to use the latest tech. It can be a struggle getting to grips with technology. I'm quite impressed you've managed to get to grips with posting on a forum Well Done!
Just don't be shy to ask.
RE: Better then fines
7/20/2012 4:16:25 PM
get lost jabber boy :P
RE: Better then fines
7/21/2012 4:34:35 AM
Oh look everyone he's lashing out cos he's embarrassed!
No need to be we all had to start somewhere.
"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
Apple Patents Mobile Lists, Method to Make a Graphic Disappear; Plans More Suits
July 18, 2012, 2:40 PM
UK Judge Rejects Apple's Patent Claims, Says Galaxy Tab "Not as Cool" as iPad
July 9, 2012, 3:40 PM
Android Win: Apple Blasted for Trolling, Sees EU Patents Decimated
July 5, 2012, 3:10 PM
Steve Jobs: "I'm Going to Destroy Android, Because It's a Stolen Product"
October 20, 2011, 10:45 PM
Apple Labels Samsung an iPhone, iPad Copycat in New Lawsuit
April 18, 2011, 4:56 PM
Retiree Sues Apple For $7,500 for Wiping Honeymoon Photos From His iPhone
November 30, 2015, 10:23 AM
iPhone 7 May Pack 3-4 GB Memory, More Storage; 4-Inch Comeback is Rumored
November 20, 2015, 10:12 PM
OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 Will Receive Android Marshmallow in Q1 2016
November 16, 2015, 9:58 AM
Lenovo Whoa: Motorola Droid MAXX 2 and Turbo 2 Break Cover in Leaks
October 26, 2015, 3:12 PM
Leak: Apple Preps for First Real Android App Foray With New Apple Music App
October 24, 2015, 1:59 PM
Pepsi Smartphone? Empty Calories Coming Soon to the Midrange
October 12, 2015, 11:41 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information