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UK judges to Apple: "Not good enough!"

Last week, Apple posted a notice on its UK website which indicated that Samsung didn't copy the iPad when it designed the Galaxy Tab family of tablets. Of course, Apple didn't do this out of the kindness of its heart -- it was ordered to do so by a UK court.
In keeping with Apple’s typical demeanor towards its competitors, the notice posted on its website was rather flippant and pointed to how the Samsung tablets weren’t deemed to be as “cool” as the iPad. Apple also pointed out in its notice that it had won judgments against Samsung in both German and U.S. courts.
It appears, however, that UK judges weren't amused by Apple's play on words, and called the Cupertino, California-based company's statements "incorrect" and "untrue".
According to Bloomberg News, the U.K. Court of Appeal in London has ordered Apple to remove the notice from its website within 24 hours to correct the inaccuracies. It also has to post a new, revised version within 48 hours.
“I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this,” said a puzzled Judge Robin Jacob. “That is a plain breach of the order.”
One of Samsung's lawyers, Henry Carr, piled on by starting that Apple's original notice left the “impression that the U.K. court is out of step with other courts” by mentioning the judgments in Apple's favor by German and U.S. courts.

Source: Bloomberg

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RE: fail
By eagle470 on 11/1/2012 11:29:37 AM , Rating: -1
You forget that Microsoft has been known to use predatory tactics as well. The Novell/WordPerfect issue, on top of all the buys outs of potentially competing products. Then there are all of it's lawsuits as well. And Google has done similar things for years as well. It's just not published, But I'll bet you used MS products for years before Linux became common (if you did indeed switch), and I'll also bet that you have used the Google search engine or something else offered by them as well. It's survival of the fittest, and those that haven't evolved to survive are devoured by those that have.

RE: fail
By Alexstarfire on 11/1/2012 12:25:47 PM , Rating: 5
Those tactics from Microsoft are from an era we've long since past and they paid a good deal for it, even now. I do believe that they still don't bundle MSE with Windows for fear for being "anti-competitive." If you are saying they still use these tactics then I'd like for you to point a few out as I, and probably others as well, are clueless in this regard.

And the same for Google really. What are you saying that Google has done to hurt the market? Privacy issues aside.

I don't believe that these "privacy issues" are much to be worried about either. Not only because for the most part they don't really care what you are doing other than to target you with ads, which I realize is akin to saying "I don't care because it doesn't affect me," but also because you aren't forced to use Google products. Many people, myself included, would trade "private" information, for a free product. If you aren't one of these people then just don't use them, that's that. Most of my "private" information I'd just tell people anyway provided they asked. So unless Google, or any company for that matter, is storing my SSN, giving away my passwords, or a select few other things it's not really an issue to me. And it's certainly a lot less disturbing than a recent article that says police can install cameras on private property without a warrant.

RE: fail
By dark matter on 11/1/12, Rating: -1
RE: fail
By Alexstarfire on 11/2/2012 4:07:02 PM , Rating: 3
Did you reply to the wrong comment? I'm not Tony.

RE: fail
By DrChemist on 11/2/2012 12:46:06 PM , Rating: 3
I called this exactly in my initial comment when the first came out. That Samsung should go back and file either contempt of court a general motion for not following the judges orders and basically saying we did nothing wrong on the ridiculous letter of crap I read that apologizes for nothing.

RE: fail
By ArcsinZ on 11/1/2012 2:01:32 PM , Rating: 1
before Linux became common

I'm sorry, when did that happen?

RE: fail
By elleehswon on 11/1/2012 2:21:14 PM , Rating: 2
I Would be willing to bet there are more devices worldwide that run some sort of linux kernel than any other is.

RE: fail
By GulWestfale on 11/1/2012 3:08:03 PM , Rating: 5
i own a macbook air.
now that that's out of the way, here goes:

every company is entitled to protect its intellectual property, and has a duty to protect it as ferociously as humanly possible, lest competitors exploit its weakness.
every one of us, if put into the position of CEO, would try to do the same.

what i resent though is the way in which apple conducts itself. they have not invented many of the things they claim to have invented; other patents are for painfully obvious things (and thus should not be patentable in the first place). their strategy appears to be based on two things:
- a PR campaign stating that the other guys are wrong;
- a global legal war that it, but not all of its competitors, can afford.

this makes apple look like giant douchebags, and they are rightly being criticized for it.

RE: fail
By retrospooty on 11/1/2012 3:16:46 PM , Rating: 2
"- a PR campaign stating that the other guys are wrong;
- a global legal war that it, but not all of its competitors, can afford.

this makes apple look like giant douchebags, and they are rightly being criticized for it."

Exactly... The only thing you left our is the hppocracy of Apple. They copy other companies and always have. For them to cry foul is just ridiculous. They copied the whole putting a mobile OS and apps on a phone idea from Palm and RIM.

On IOS - Things Apple copied from other companies.

- Notifications
- Over the air updates
- Widgets
- Free turn by turn navigation
- Social network integration
- Multitasking
- Drop Down Notifications
- Opening apps from the lock screen
- Custom Wallpapers
- Panoramic photos

They do innovate from time to time, but FFS, they copy more than they invent by far.

RE: fail
By GulWestfale on 11/1/2012 3:28:17 PM , Rating: 4
i clearly stated that they patent things they did not invent.
and after having switched from an iphone to android 4.0, i can tell you that iOS is years behind android despite all the copying.

RE: fail
By jimbojimbo on 11/1/2012 4:12:35 PM , Rating: 2
They're supposedly getting widgets of some sort in 2013... what 5 years after Android did? Sadly some brainwashed Apple fan will say it was their idea.

RE: fail
By GulWestfale on 11/1/2012 4:24:33 PM , Rating: 2
and then they'll patent widgets and sue someone lol

RE: fail
By retrospooty on 11/1/2012 4:56:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, and when Apple copies this it will simply be implementing a key feature "at the right time". The crowd will ooh and aah. Wow, widgets. Apple is so awesome. LOL

RE: fail
By elleehswon on 11/1/2012 3:46:08 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, meant os. Typing with the flu. Not exactly bringing my "a" game.

RE: fail
By perspicacity on 11/2/2012 8:43:38 AM , Rating: 3
Devices... but not desktops.


It will be interesting to see how desktops go over he next 5 years. If Microsoft continues with it's attempt to emulate Apple, and lock down the application ecosphere, Linux may be the only, viable, open desktop left.

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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