Judge orders Apple to eat humble pie

2012-07-19 13:10
Hiromi Yuzuki holds up her iPad 2 tablet after she purchased it at an Apple store. (Koji Sasahara, AP)

Hiromi Yuzuki holds up her iPad 2 tablet after she purchased it at an Apple store. (Koji Sasahara, AP)

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VIDEO: Apple Samsung battle

2012-07-19 11:24

The Telegraph's Matt Warman uses an iPad and Galaxy Tab to explain what the Apple and Samsung patent dispute is about in this YouTube video.WATCH

London - Apple has been instructed by a British judge to run ads saying that Samsung did not copy its design for the iPad in the latest twist in the ongoing patent battles between the two tech giants, according to Bloomberg.

Judge Birss, who ruled last week that Samsung did not infringe Apple's designs because its Galaxy Tab tablets were not "as cool" as the US company's iPad, said Apple should publish a notice on its website and in British newspapers to correct any impression that the South Korean company copied Apple, Bloomberg said.

The notice, which is in effect an advertisement for Samsung, should remain on Apple's website for at least six months, the report said.

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.

"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," Samsung said in a statement after the hearing.

Apple declined to comment on Judge Birss's instruction.

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