Apple Ordered to Apologize in Ads to Samsung over UK Patent Infringement Claims

A judge in the United Kingdom has delivered a stinging rebuke of Apple, ordering the company to run ads publicly apologizing to Samsung. This ruling comes after the same judge ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy line of tablets does not infringe on Apple iPad patents. While Apple has better luck in other regions with its patent lawsuits, the UK seems to have dealt the company the most embarrassing of blows.

When Apple filed its patent suit against the company in the UK it said that the Galaxy "blatantly imitates the appearance of Apple’s products to capitalize on Apple’s success." The UK High Court disagreed and then ordered the company to post a "notice of acknowledgement" on its own website and in British media. The Website notice must remain up for six months…

Naturally Samsung, who has been getting bruised by Apple in its worldwide patent battle, was delighted with the news.

"We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple's registered design features can be found in numerous examples of prior art,” a Samsung spokesperson told the BBC "Should Apple continue to make excessive legal claims in other countries based on such generic designs, innovation in the industry could be harmed and consumer choice unduly limited."

Apple will likely appeal this ruling…

Source: MCV

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    Neeneko says:

    *sigh* they did not sue over 'rounded corners'.  These idiotic oversimplification of patents really need to stop.  No wonder calls for reforming the patent system are not taken seriously given how patent cases are often reported and big complex documents with multiple factors required for infringement get sound-byted down into narrative friendly drivel.

    Patents always include things that already exist, but they are not patenting that thing.. they are patenting ways of combining that thing with other things.  To say that the patent was 'rounded corners' is like saying a patent that involves a device held together with screws is 'patenting screws'.

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