After an unsuccessful court campaign, Apple has been dealt another severe blow in its battle to block the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, one of its main rivals to the iPad.
Legal battles between Apple and Samsung are nothing new – the Cupertino Company is always claiming that Samsung has copied its ideas or infringed on its patents. The latest infringement suit relates to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and its similarities to the Apple iPad. Apple hoped to get it banned here in the UK, but a judge ruled that the Galaxy Tab was “not as cool” as the iPad.
“They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” were the judge’s precise words.
“They are not as cool. The overall impression produced is different.”
Now a UK judge has ordered Apple to make it public that Samsung’s product doesn’t copy theirs, by way of a public announcement. Bloomberg says that Apple will be made to place one notice on its own website, and that it would need to stay there for at least six months. It’s also believed that Apple will need to place other adverts and notices in magazines and newspapers.
While this order wasn’t mentioned in the published judgement for the case, Bloomberg believes it was still discussed between the two companies in court. The order has been made to “correct the damaging impression” that Apple’s suit has had on Samsung and its products.
Samsung has requested that Apple be denied the chance to start another claim relating to design similarities, which was turned down.
Neither company has commented on the news, although we expect to hear something – most likely from Samsung – in the coming weeks.