Soothing the Sting of Samsung's Win

Submitted by patentadmin on Thu, 07/19/2012 - 13:19

Last week we reported on the courtroom verdict equivalent of a backhanded compliment (see "Adding Insult to Victory"), when Judge Colin Birss ruled in London court that Samsung's Galaxy tablet PCs do not infringe Apple's iPad design - because they are just not as understated and "cool" as the iPad.

Now Judge Birss appears to be trying to restore the damage caused by Samsung's mixed victory: He has ordered Apple to place a notice on its UK website for six months and also run ads in several major British newspapers and magazines stating that Samsung did not copy Apple's registered iPad designs.

Apple was upset enough at losing the lawsuit, but is positively incensed at having to effectively publish ads for Samsung.

“No company likes to refer to a rival on its website," one of Apple's attorneys complained to the court.

Looks like this will be one of those lawsuits in which neither side goes home happy, but at least the public is well-entertained.

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