UK Judge Says Apple Must Admit it was Wrong on Samsung

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – A new court order from a UK judge could put Cupertino, California-based iPhone maker Apple in an awkward position. On Wednesday, a British court ordered the company to acknowledge it was wrong when accusing Samsung of patent infringement related to the design of the company’s iPad.

The acknowledgement must come in the form of a public notice via Apple’s website for a timeframe of six months and specifically refer to the British court case, according to a report by Bloomberg. The notice could also appear in a variety of print publications as well.

The move follows a ruling earlier this month in which the British authority found Samsung not guilty of violating key Apple iPad patents.

The judge noted that it wasn’t likely that Samsung’s Galaxy products would be mixed up with the iPad, saying they didn’t have “the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” according to another report from Bloomberg earlier this month. That same UK law official also noted the distinction because as he put it, Samsung’s Galaxy tablets weren’t “as cool” as Apple’s.

Apple and Samsung have been busy fighting over patent issues. Late last month, the popular iPad maker succeeded in getting Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned from sale in the United States via a court ordered injunction. However, that ruling was only preliminary.