Apple Loses Appeal Against Samsung Galaxy Tab In The UK; Ordered To Run “Apology” Ads

Apple iPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab

Back in July, a UK Judge had ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy tab did not infringe on Apple’s iPad as “it’s not as cool” as Apple’s product.

While the judge took a dig at Samsung, the ruling was more adverse for Apple as the judge had ordered Apple to publicly acknowledge that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad on its website

The judge had also ordered Apple to run “apology” ads in the Daily Mail, Financial Times, T3 Magazine and other publications to “correct the damaging impression” that Samsung was a copycat. Apple had naturally appealed the ruling.

BBC now reports that Apple has lost its appeal against the ruling that Samsung had not infringed on its design patent.

The appeal judges decided not to overturn the decision on the basis that a related Apple design-rights battle in the German courts risked causing confusion in consumers’ minds.

The appeal judges have also ordered Apple to publicly acknowledge that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad on its website and run the “apology” ads in the news publications.

“The acknowledgment must come from the horse’s mouth,” they said. “Nothing short of that will be sure to do the job completely.”

However, they added that the move need not “clutter” Apple’s homepage as it would only have to add a link entitled “Samsung/Apple judgement” for a one-month period.

Not surprisingly, Samsung has welcomed the ruling and issued the following statement:

“We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple’s registered design features can be found in numerous examples of prior art.

“Should Apple continue to make excessive legal claims in other countries based on such generic designs, innovation in the industry could be harmed and consumer choice unduly limited.”

Apple has declined to comment on the ruling. We expect Apple to appeal the ruling in the UK Supreme court.

Do you think it is ridiculous to expect Apple to post a notice on its website about Samsung not copying the iPad? Or should courts do this more often to prevent companies from suing for everything. We would love to hear your thoughts.

[via BBC]

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  • Sholto Douglas

    Karma is a Bit*h

  • grim reefa

    Absolutely brilliant result! Maybe this will make Apple think twice about such ridiculous claims in future!! At least our UK courts have more common sense then the US ones.

  • eslink

    The fall of apple

    • ufuntimes

      The fall of Apple… that’s a funny one. What are they, the 2nd or third most capitalized company on NASDAQ… this wont even be a sneeze of snot on their radar screen.

  • Paris Paraskeva

    Samsung IS the mother of all copycats, it’s a shame that apple lost this legal battle. I am wondering how much will be the fine if they don’t do this on their website! Coz i don’t see them doing it. At least they have 1billion that got off samsung in the US case to pay any fines here! lol!

    • grim reefa

      Bullsh1t! The Tab looks nothing like the iPad which is why Apple has lost and has to apologize.

    • We all do

      Everyone “copies.” Some more than others. And it will be the same result if they appeal. They lost the tablet portion in the US case.

      • drtssr

        So, you’re saying since “everyone” copies it’s OK ?

  • Ringo_TX

    I purposely bought a Samsung Galaxy S III due to Apples lawsuit shenanigans. Hey Apple…make a better product with substantial enough NEW UPGRADED features when you release a new phone. If you do that, then you won’t have envy of Samsung with their “Next Big Thing Is Already Here” product line that has features that consumers want now! Anyone that bought into iPhone 5’s teensy weensy upgrade of a phone from 4S…you got duped!

  • aka

    donno,tab is so ugly i would not even hold it.donno what makes apple think that is was a copy.
    iphone 5 sucks, best phone by far is 4s and best shape to hold is 3g(3gs)
    of course in apple line.

  • moz

    Fact is that previous to iPad there were actual tablets with analog form factor (Compaq TC1000, 1994 Fidler tablet concept) ! That alone should have been enough to prove prior art. That being said it still is true that Samsung is a copycat of Apple’s work. And it is also true that Apple own work appears to be at least vaguely based on design…

  • barondebxl

    THis is awesome news. get on your knees apple!