Apple Forced to Pay Samsung's Legal Fees in UK Court Order
November 12, 2012 6:39 PM
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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
, 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.
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RE: More companies who file frivolous lawsuits should be held accountable
11/13/2012 1:07:27 PM
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.
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