UK Judge Instructs Apple To Run Ads Saying ‘Samsung Did Not Copy iPad’


Just over a week ago, U.K. judge ruled in favor of Samsung saying that its Galaxy tablets aren’t “cool” enough to be confused with Apple’s iPad and therefore the design for Samsung’s three Galaxy tablets doesn’t infringe Apple’s registered design. Following up on the ruling, the judge has now instructed Apple to run ads on its website and in British newspapers saying that Samsung did not copy its design for the iPad, reports Reuters. The Judge further ordered that this notice, which is pretty much an advertisement for Samsung, should remain on Apple’s website for at least six months.

According to the source:

Apple has been instructed by a British judge to run ads saying that Samsungdid not copy its design for the iPad in the latest twist in the ongoing patent battles between the two tech giants.

The judge, however, rejected Samsung’s request that Apple be forbidden from continuing to claim that its design rights had been infringed, saying that Apple was entitled to hold the opinion, the news agency said.

Samsung said in a statement after the hearing: “Should Apple continue to make excessive legal claims based on such generic designs, innovation in the industry could be harmed and consumer choice unduly limited.”

Apple has however declined to comment on Judge Birss’s instruction. Do you guys think Apple will comply?


  • Kosmo

    I think that they’ll have to, but I also think that they’ll come up with some clever “sub-title” like “Samsung didn’t copy the iPad. The Galaxy Tab is a lower-quality, plastic imitation, which is simply “not cool enough as the iPad”.”

  • artikas

    You can’t copy perfection

  • JMCD23

    You’re right, with some careful phrasing they can give it somewhat of a spin.

  • xxJDxx

    Seems hard to believe this is actually legal and enforceable. Seems strangely juvenile.

  • This judge sounds like an absolute idiot. First saying that the tablet is “not cool enough” to be considered a copy and now this. First of all, something being cool or uncool is completely subjective. I’m not sure how it can be given as the justification for his verdict. Whatever though… making them put this on their website and in ads however, it makes him sound like he’s being vindictive and has a personal vendetta against Apple. Did Samsung buy him off or something?