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Apple Must Publicly Post That Samsung Did Not Copy iPad 278

microcars writes "A judge in the U.K. has ordered Apple to post a notice on its website and in British newspapers alerting people to a ruling that Samsung Electronics Co. didn't copy designs for the iPad. This is the same Judge who ruled earlier that Samsung's Galaxy Tab was not as cool as Apple's iPad."
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Apple Must Publicly Post That Samsung Did Not Copy iPad

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  • The punch line (Score:5, Informative)

    by OhHellWithIt ( 756826 ) * on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @03:52PM (#40689619) Journal

    The punch line is in TFA (emphasis added):

    Birss said in his July 9 ruling that Samsung’s tablets were unlikely to be confused with the iPad because they are “not as cool.” He declined today to grant Samsung’s bid for an injunction blocking Apple from making public statements that the Galaxy infringed its design rights.

    “They are entitled to their opinion,” he said.

    It looks like they have to run the ads, but they can still say Samsung copied them.

  • by OldSport ( 2677879 ) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @04:10PM (#40689827)
    Maybe not. Citibank screwed something up in Japan -- not sure what, some violation of information disclosure laws -- and it was on the main page for three months -- you had to click a little box acknowledging you'd read it before you could access your account. Hopefully this will be something similar.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @04:19PM (#40689943)

    Here's an idea: Follow the links in the summary. Or even to the previous /. article, where the judge cites over FIFTY cases of prior art in the last twenty+ years.

    Or you could keep spouting off random crap that you feel strongly about. Who cares if it's factual.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @04:21PM (#40689969)

    Where's the rounded rectangle phone YOU invented, huh bub? To say that it was easy suggests that it could have been done 10 years prior.

    The patented design had been show previously in sci-fi classics such as Star Trek (all of them) and 2001:A Space Odyssey as well as others.

    Considering your rather pathetic argument I take it that you have not been paying attention or you are trolling for a response like this.

  • by thetoadwarrior ( 1268702 ) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @04:40PM (#40690169) Homepage
    Google wants to keep their image clean amongst open source. But that doesn't mean they aren't using other people to sue over patents or giving them patents to do their dirty work.

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2011/09/googles-already-using-their-motorola-patents-sue-apple/42196/ [theatlanticwire.com]

    They're also helping HTC go up against Nokia and filing an antitrust complaint against Nokia in the EU.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304821304577438740232322350.html [wsj.com]

    I'd fully expect to see them start doing more now that they have Motorola. I suspect they didn't have any patents worth having in the mobile area but now they do and they're doing to use them.
  • He's British (Score:4, Informative)

    by Kupfernigk ( 1190345 ) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @04:43PM (#40690215)
    I doubt he's ever heard of it. In the UK, no, and I really mean no, US car has the slightest cool factor whatsoever. The coolest judgemobile ever was Scott's bicycle at the Scott enquiry (into illegal arms sales to Iraq).
  • by oakgrove ( 845019 ) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @04:48PM (#40690271)
    Have you even looked at the patent in question? Here it is [google.com] in all its rounded corner glory. They patented rounded freaking corners. If you want to get specific, 4 rounded corners on a rectangle. Like the world has never seen that before.
  • by drkstr1 ( 2072368 ) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @06:20PM (#40691425)

    I have no beef with Nintendo ever since I took my broken DS (which I bought used, although not broken at the time) into their Redmond office, and they swapped it out for a brand new one. No questions asked, no paperwork, nothing but pure customer satisfaction.

    I wish more companies were like Nintendo.

  • by steveha ( 103154 ) on Wednesday July 18, 2012 @07:49PM (#40692253) Homepage

    How does "loser pays" work when a little guy goes after a big company like Apple, Google, or Microsoft with a legitimate complaint

    You are saying that $BIG_COMPANY can afford to hire $BIG_LAW_FIRM_A (or else has its own lawyers that are effectively its own big law firm). $LITTLE_GUY has no chance.

    But under "loser pays", $BIG_LAW_FIRM_B can take the case; since you stipulated that it is a legitimate complaint, odds are good that $BIG_LAW_FIRM_B will be paid by the loser ($BIG_COMPANY). $BIG_LAW_FIRM_B is not guaranteed to be paid but the odds are good, since they are as big as $BIG_LAW_FIRM_A and the complaint is legitimate. Contrast to the current situation in America, where $LITTLE_GUY cannot afford to pay any big law firm, so if any big law firm agrees to take his case, they are doing it knowing they won't get paid very much.

    So, you have brought up one of the major reasons why "loser pays" is better: the defense can automatically scale if needed to match the offense.

    The other major reason why "loser pays" is better: filing lawsuits without merit now actually costs money. Maybe $BIG_COMPANY doesn't even file the lawsuit against $LITTLE_GUY in the first place, which is an even better situation for $LITTLE_GUY than having a big law firm handling his defense.

    There, that's two ways that "loser pays" helps in the situation you describe.


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