In what appears to be a historic ruling, a UK judge looking at Apple’s patent infringement case against Samsung, has ordered the Cupertino giant to alert people visiting their website and clearly state that Samsung didn’t copy designs from iPad for their Galaxy Tab android tablet.
The judge, Colin Birss, ruled that Apple must put up a notice saying Samsung’s Galaxy tablets don’t infringe Apple’s registered designs. The actual ruling dismissing Apple’s patent infringement claims came on July 9th. The judge felt that Apple has caused enough damage to Samsung’s reputation and hence will be required to publish the notice on their UK website for a minimum of six months and also publish the same in several newspapers and magazines across UK.
This is the same judge who had said that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab cannot be mistaken by general public as they are “not as cool” as Apple’s iPad. We believe Apple can (and will) appeal to a higher court. But this should definitely come as a big blow to the tech giant which is already facing backlash from certain sections of the public for their aggressive policies on patents. Getting your case dismissed is one thing, but having to advertise for your rival is like taking it to a different level altogether.
Update: As we expected, Apple has been granted a stay on the above order by a London court. Apple argued that the order essentially forces it to advertise for a rival, which is not acceptable.