Apple being forced to eat crow by UK court.
Apple and Samsung have been going at it all over the world in the courts. And it seems that Apple has had the upper hand in winning patent infringement injunctions for the purpose of delaying the sale of Samsung Galaxy smart phones and tablets. When those have been imposed, Samsung has been able to get some over turned, but they have lost sales as a result. Now, in a recent revelation by Bloomberg News, Apple is going to have to now publicly acknowledge that Samsung did not copy the iPad design in the tablets they have been producing. For Apple, this will be rather humiliating for them.
For Samsung, this is wonderful news as they are finally going to get the recognition that they have not copied Apple’s iPad design. Based on the Bllomberg report, Apple is being forced to take out advertisements in the the newspapers and magazines in the UK. They are also being required to publish a notice on their UK web site for a period of 6 months, acknowledging that Samsung did not infringe on their iPad patents. Samsung will essentially get free advertising from Apple during those 6 months.
The order means Apple will have to publish “an advertisement” for Samsung, and is prejudicial to the company, Richard Hacon, a lawyer representing Cupertino, California-based Apple, told the court. “No company likes to refer to a rival on its website.”
While Apple is having to eat crow on this, it does appear that the court is attempting to repair some of the damage caused by Apple. Since Samsung has suffered from all the bad publicity with the case in the UK, this is being seen as a way for them to recover their name and reputation.
All of this is not yet part of the official court record. And as a result could be changed before it does become part of the court record. As it stands right now, Apple is getting hit in the face for this particular infringement case. This could well set a precedent and force Apple to reconsider all the court filings they are doing all over the world.