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Apple Ordered By UK Court to Apologize to Samsung

A UK judge has ruled that Apple must run announcements in newspapers, magazines and on its website that Samsung did not, in fact, copy its device design with their Galaxy Tab line of tablets.

A judge in the UK has ordered Apple to publish announcements on its website that Samsung did not copy the design of its iPad. One of those notices is required to remain on Apple’s website for a minimum of six months and others must be run in various newspapers and magazines.

The ruling comes after the Cupertino-based company failed in its attempt to block sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets. Apple and Samsung have yet to comment. The new order was not included in Judge Colin Birss’s judgment against Apple, but the possibility of this order was reportedly discussed after the verdict has handed down.

The announcements and notices published by Apple must mention the court case and should be designed specifically to “correct the damaging impression” that Samsung’s products were simply poor imitations design-wise of Apple’s devices. “They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” said the judge at the time. “They are not as cool. The overall impression produced is different.” The judge refused Samsung’s request, however, that Apple be forbidden from restating its claim that its design rights had indeed been infringed by the South Korean company, saying that the mobile giant was “entitled” to their opinion that the judgment was wrong.

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