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Apple gets stay on Samsung non-copy notice

Apple has received a stay on a court order that would have led to it posting pro-Samsung messages. Bloomberg reports that a London court has ruled that the order — which called for Apple to post a notice on its U.K. site and take out advertisements in British newspapers explaining that Samsung hadn’t copied the iPad — will be stayed until after Apple’s appeal is heard in October.

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Since when is trying to defend ones IP a crime that calls for tar-n-feathers?
Apple never advertised in newspapers or on its website that Samsung was copying their designs, so why do they have to take out advertisements if they lost the case?

It has been Samsung that has always advertised Apple fans as sheep and advertised the Tab as ‘The tablet Apple tried to stop’.

I am not sure of the British justice system, or even the nitty gritty of the case, but to a layman like me, the judge’s ruling seems biased and harsh.

Posted by Sreedhar on July 27, 2012 at 1:48 AM (CDT)


To be fair, it would be pretty hard to make a tablet that didn’t resemble the iPad to some degree. Purely because it’s the most sensible design in terms of form factor.
Having said that, the ruling seems utterly perverse. It’s going to look a bit daft Apple placing an ad saying: “We would like to point out Samsung did not copy the iPad.”
And where does the judge pluck his list of newspapers from? (From other reports it’s The Guardian, FT and Daily Mail for no apparent reason I can see. Why not The Sun, Daily Telegraph or computer magazines?)

Posted by Jon Myles on July 27, 2012 at 5:17 AM (CDT)


To the chalk board Master Cook!

Samsung has fine products and did not copy Apple.
Samsung has fine products and did not copy Apple.
Samsung has fine products and did not copy Apple.
Samsung has fine products and did not copy Apple.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on July 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM (CDT)


@1: The crux is whether you actually believe Apple is defending their IP or using the court system to try and prevent legitimate competition.

If you believe Apple brought these eleventy billion suits across the globe again and again as Samsung did alter their products at considerable cost to conform to the handful of times they lost, well, maybe it does seem a bridge too far.

If you believe that Apple’s suits are little more than high stakes nuisance suits (which I and the UK courts do) then the ruling is only fair.

Samsung’s Galaxy line of Android phones and tablets are doing very well, so well in fact that Apple realizes they’re their biggest competition. So, even though they’re no more similar to an iOS device than a Windows Phone device or any other Android device, they’re who Apple is repeatedly suing. Doesn’t take a genius to figure out the suits are more about harming Samsung’s bottom line and market penetration than they are about defending IP.

Posted by Code Monkey on July 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM (CDT)


To those that don’t understand the British Justice System. There is no free pass for making accusations in court. If you make a claim like Apple did, you can’t just lose and forget it. You have to make amends for the damage you caused in the accusation. I am sure that is easy to comprehend, it is completely unbiased, and stops people making frivolous claims.

Posted by Steve Marks on July 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM (CDT)


@5: Thanks for the information. So the ruling does make sense now, though I disagree with it.

@4: Of course that’s what I expected you to say.

Posted by Sreedhar on July 28, 2012 at 3:32 AM (CDT)


@6: It’s what anyone would say not up Apple’s behind so far they can’t find fresh air. Samsung’s products are not objectively more similar to Apple’s products than dozens (if not more) competing products. What differentiates them from the many other “infringing” Android products (anyone who thinks the patents underlying the suits are actually unique and solely Apple’s hasn’t been paying attention for the past two decades) is Samsung’s relative success with their products.

The “merits” of the case are destroyed by even a cursory examination of the context.

Posted by Code Monkey on July 28, 2012 at 9:58 AM (CDT)


I find myself being ‘turned off’ by this apparent crusade by Apple against Samsung. Apple trying to get the import and sale of another companies products around the world blocked/banned is painting Apple in a bad light. They are becoming the new “microsoft”. Code Monkey makes some valid points above and the new Samsung phones are about as far removed from the iPhone range as you can get, in my very ‘umble opinion.
I am actually considering replacing my now ageing iPhone 3G. It may be with the Galaxy SIII - I like the size of the screen and it’s a tad lighter than the 4S. It has a replaceable battery, something the many visitors to the booth at CES would probably have appreciated in their various iPhones, as they sucked the last dregs of power from them.
I have spoken with quite a few people who have switched to the Galaxy range - they all seem happy that they have broken away from iPhone.
I’ll watch with interest as the rumour mill “leaks” out more and more iPhone5 specs - by then I may have made the switch…

Posted by Bob Levens on July 28, 2012 at 3:01 PM (CDT)

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