In an odd ruling a UK judge has ruled Apple must display on its British website and in British newspapers a notice acknowledging that Samsung did not copy the design of the iPad with its Galaxy Tab 10.1. The UK court had previously ruled that the Galaxy Tab did not infringe upon Apple’s iPad designs, something the judge noted by saying that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is simply “not as cool” as the iPad in the first place.
Richard Hacon, a lawyer representing Apple, told the court. “No company likes to refer to a rival on its website.” Nor the papers, I’m sure.
I find this very odd, but being Irish in Ireland, I spent time in school getting a basic grasp on the British legal system, which is odd at the best of times. This ruling is as odd as they get.
I would imagine Apple will appeal this, but right now the idea of Apple running an ad to denounce Samsung is laced with terrible consequences. Apple will double-down on their aggressive stance, all while Samsung will use this victory to try to hit Apple in America.