News by Dan Seifert on Wednesday July 18, 2012.
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The UK court that ruled earlier this month that the Samsung Galaxy Tab does not infringe upon Apple's design patents for the iPad and is simply "not as cool" has now ordered Apple to post a notice on its website and in advertising saying as much.
Judge Colin Brass ordered Apple to post the notice on its website for at least six months, and to have it printed in several magazines and newspapers. The goal is to reverse the public's impression that Samsung copied Apple with its design, since the court ruled that no copying was done.
Effectively, Apple is being forced to publish an advertisement for a rival company, something it certainly is not very keen to do. According to Bloomberg, Apple's lawyer, Richard Hacon, told the court that "no company likes to refer to a rival on its website."
The judge did note that Apple is able to publicly say it disagrees with the court's ruling, as that is considered the company's stance, or opinion, on the matter. Rest assured, however, should this ruling survive Apple's inevitable appeal, Apple will more than likely be sure to point out that the judge said Samsung's tablet was "not as cool" as the iPad in its officially required notice.
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.