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The UK court made this call after Apple posted an inaccurate notice on its UK website

After posting a snarky notice on its UK website, Apple was ordered to pay a majority of Samsung's legal fees.

Last month, a UK court ruling ordered Apple to post a notice to Samsung on its website, saying that the South Korean electronics maker didn't steal the designs of the iPad after all. Apple obeyed the order, but with a snarky tone that made sure to highlight a few facts in Apple's favor.

The UK court found that this notice was "false and misleading," and ordered Apple to take it down at once. Apple was told to rewrite the apology to Samsung, and it posted a notice on its website saying that its former "apology" was inaccurate. The new apology even appeared in UK newspapers

However, a rewrite was not enough. The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has further ordered Apple to pay the legal fees of Samsung on an indemnity basis. The exact amount that Apple must pay is unclear, but reports are saying Apple will pay a majority of the fees. 

The Apple-Samsung patent war began in April 2011 when Apple claimed Samsung was an "iPhone, iPad copycat." Apple worked pretty hard to ban Samsung's smartphones and tablets around the world, and successfully accomplished this in countries like Germany and Australia. Samsung launched a few lawsuits of its own regarding 3G patents, and was also able to lift the ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia in December 2011. However, Samsung wasn't so lucky in Germany, where the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still banned.

Back in August, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California reached an unfavorable verdict for Samsung, saying that the South Korean electronics maker was guilty of violating technology patents. In other words, most of Samsung's smartphones and tablets in question were found guilt of copying Apple's iPhone and iPad designs. It was ordered to pay $1.05 billion in damages to Apple.

Samsung suffered further losses in the U.S. when an ITC judge ruled that Samsung violated four Apple patents, including the flat front face with wider borders at the top and bottom, the lozenge-shaped speaker about the display screen; the translucent images for applications displayed on the screen, and the device's ability to detect when a headset is plugged in.

Source: The Verge

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By messele on 11/13/2012 9:27:44 AM , Rating: 0
Except Samsung are utter ripoff merchants. Others are managing to make original Android products and even Microsoft managed to make something original with the Surface, so why can't Samsung?

What's that Judge Birss, what did you say?

Protecting your hard work and stopping others from hanging off the bandwagon can Indeed be a real problem.

By retrospooty on 11/13/2012 10:09:11 AM , Rating: 2
"Protecting your hard work and stopping others from hanging off the bandwagon can Indeed be a real problem."

Lets just shut you up now rather than later... Apple copies more than Apple is copied. Deal with it.

Things Apple copied from its competitors (JUST on iphone alone, discounting the many MANY things Apple copied from its other formats).

- 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

By retrospooty on 11/13/2012 11:46:24 AM , Rating: 2
So its OK for Apple to copy because YOU dont use or dont understand the particular copied feature. OK, I get it. So basically you are just like any Apple fanboy. It's fine when Apple copies but unacceptable when Apple is copied.

Thanks for clearing that up.

The next time you want to say any company copied Apple, dont forget it was Apple who copied the whole OS and apps on a phone thing from Palm and possibly RIMM. So not only was the whole smartphone concept copied, but many features within that concept were copied as well. Good luck justifying that. /rolls eyes

By messele on 11/13/2012 12:24:41 PM , Rating: 1
I don't recall mentioning the 'A' word. Probably every single one of those things listed were invented by a different person or company. Perhaps none of them were Apple but certainly none of them were either Google or Samsung.

Seriously though, don't get into this sort of thing if you do not even have the background knowledge to focus on one thing without darting off in different directions.

Oh, and the fanboy thing doesn't wash when anybody could come back with an equal and opposite argument. It's getting tired and really doesn't work anymore.

By Rukkian on 11/13/2012 12:54:58 PM , Rating: 2
Actually several of those are directly from Andoid, so maybe you should be the one educating yourself before spouting off.

The fact is that every company takes ideas from others and uses them to make something different and better. Apple is trying to get a court forced monopoly so they can keep selling very small incremental updates at a 80% market once a year.

Having competition is good for the people I care about - consumers.

Did some of Samsungs early devices resemble an apple product a little too much, imo yes. Do any of their current products look anything like the dated apple products, not at all.

By messele on 11/13/2012 1:05:53 PM , Rating: 2
I'd like to call your bluff on those claims that any of those were Android features if I may, and I'll actually happily conceed anything that was.

By retrospooty on 11/13/2012 1:07:27 PM , Rating: 3
Exactly... Not that Google/Android was the first with all of them, but when Android started to outsell Apple, Apple started to copy what Android was doing and implement things Andrid implemented. Perfectly fine for Apple to do, but not the other way around.

Did Samsung copy Apple? Yes, of course. All companies do this and always have. Welcome to planet Earth where compenies build of the successful ideas of other companies. If not there would be only one car company and only one smartphone maker. For Apple to suddenly act as if they are above it all is just ridiculous.

By retrospooty on 11/13/2012 1:04:00 PM , Rating: 3
"I don't recall mentioning the 'A' word."

??? YOU? No, far be it for me to think of you as one of those losers that defend every move Apple makes no matter what. I just dropped off the turnip truck and logged in to this site for the first time today and saw your userid for the very first time... Seriously ,who are you trying to convince here? You are all over this site in Apple articles blindly defending them, so don't act as if you arent you unless someone else is logging in with your userid.

"Protecting your hard work and stopping others from hanging off the bandwagon can Indeed be a real problem."

In this article about Apple suing Samsung and getting smacked by the judge for the frivoulous lawsuit and then being shifty with the court ordered verdict, are we to beleive the comment above is not about Apple? You made that comment and I added that Apple copied more than it is copied. A VERY valid point, in fact more valid than anything you said.

Lets not make this about what its not about. All of these discussions on all of these articles are all about one thing... Apple and its petty childish hippocracy. It's OK for Apple to copy, but not for others. Its a double standard, and its total BS and you know it.

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