Apple avoids public shaming in Samsung case - for now

Apple avoids public shaming in Samsung case - for nowWe knew it was too good to be true.

Apple has been granted a stay of execution on a ruling that would have forced it to issue a statement on its UK website openly stating that Samsung did not in fact copy the iPad design at all in developing its Galaxy Tab line of tablets.

It's getting a bit tedious having to say it every time, but for the sake of the nutters it's worth repeating again: we weren't in favour of the original ruling because it was Apple was on the losing side of its legal claim that Samsung copied the iPad. We would have been equally happy had the decision gone the other way.

No, what we approved of – and we're certainly weren't alone, either – was the punishment decided on by Judge Colin Birss: that Apple had to place a notification on its own website for six months, and in the leading UK papers, publicly acknowledging that there was no copying, stealing of ideas or any of that other silliness.

We all felt that if a few more courts could take a similar approach, it might slow down the seemingly endless succession of these kind of claims being made in the first place.

Only it looks like none of that is actually going to happen now, or not for a while at the very least. Another UK court ruled yesterday that Apple can hold off making the embarrassing admission pending an appeal set to be heard in October.

Yes, that's a perfectly fair and normal part of the legal process, and yes should Apple lose the appeal (and exhaust any further recourse its lawyers might have for delaying the matter) it will still have to go through with the public shaming – though at a point when fewer people are likely to care.

But still, I'll bet it's not just me and Judge Birss right now who are thinking: “boo”.

Via The Verge

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 28, 2012 at 06:52

As funny as it was... I think the judge was not very clever. Or, actually, he was... it was obvious Apple would appeal. And probably win.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 28, 2012 at 07:09

Samsung Was Warned it Was Copying Apple

Google told Samsung that its “P1” and “P3” Android tablets — the devices that would become the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1 — looked “too similar” to Apple’s iPad. Google demanded “distinguishable design vis-à-vis the iPad for the P3.” This information was included in an unredacted trial brief.

Samsung’s own employees thought their product designs were doppelgangers for Apple products, such as the iPhone. Regarding the Galaxy S smartphone, Samsung’s Product Design Group noted in 2011 that it was “regrettable” that it “looks similar” to older iPhones.

“As part of a formal, Samsung sponsored evaluation, famous designers warned Samsung that the Galaxy S ‘looked like it copied the iPhone too much,’ and that ‘innovation is needed,’” Apple said in the document. A Samsung-sponsored study also found that Samsung’s app container icons were “too iPhone-like.”


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Ha... looks like Sony should get in on the action ;)

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