Judge Hands Apple Really Embarrassing Punishment

Must run 'Samsung didn't copy us' ads in UK
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2012 7:19 AM CDT
Judge Hands Apple Really Embarrassing Punishment
In this Aug. 25, 2011 file photo a lawyer holds an Apple iPad and a Samsung Tablet-PC at a court in Duesseldorf, Germany.   (AP Photo/dapd, Sascha Schuermann, file)

It's the high-tech version of the old "carry an embarrassing sign around" punishment: A British judge yesterday ordered Apple to run notices on its UK website stating that Samsung didn't copy the iPad. The notices—which effectively act as ads for Samsung, points out a lawyer for Apple—must stay on the Apple site for at least six months and must also appear in British newspapers and magazines, Bloomberg reports. The order comes after the same judge's July 9 ruling that Samsung's Galaxy tablets don't infringe on the iPad's design, particularly because they're not as "cool" as the iPad.

Apple has, of course, appealed the decision. But assuming it comes to pass, Slashgear lists the papers the ad would have to run in: the Daily Mail, the Financial Times, Guardian Mobile magazine, and T3. (More Apple stories.)

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