A court verdict by a judge ordered Apple Inc. to publish a notice on its U. k website and in the newspapers all over Britain to alert people to a ruling that Samsung Electronics Co. didn’t immitate designs for the iPad.
The announcement should should follow the July 9 London court decision that ” Samsung’s Galaxy tablets don’t infringe Apple’s registered designs”
said Judge Colin Bris yestaday. The notice must appear on Apple’s U K home page for six months and published in magazines and newspapers to make right the impression that Samsung was copying Apple’s product, Briss said.
“No company likes to refer to a rival on its website” a lawyer for Cupertino, California-based Apple, Richard Hacon said. The order will means that Apple is publishing an advertisment for Samsung.
Apple is in a war against patent lawsuits around the world against its competitors including Google Inc, Samsung and HTC corp. (2498) as it seeks dominion of the smartphone and tablet computer markets. The companies have alleged each other of stealing designs and technology in their mobile devices. The US, Germany and Netherlands have witnessed legal battles about ‘copycating’ between Apple and Samsung.
On July 9, Briss said in a court ruling session that “Samsung’s tablets were unlikely to be confused with the iPad because they are “not as cool.””