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Apple wins stay on posting site notice in Samsung dispute
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Jul 26, 2012, 10:20 AM
 
Apple has won a small but significant court ruling in one of its legal battles with Samsung, Bloomberg reports. In the UK a London court has ruled that, at least temporarily, Apple won't have to post a notice on its UK website announcing an earlier ruling, in which the courts found that Samsung didn't copy the design of the iPad with the Galaxy Tab. Arguing against the notice, Apple had claimed that it didn't want to advertise for a rival company.

The notice is currently on hold until October, when Apple's appeal against the Galaxy Tab verdict will be heard. Samsung's victory was unusual, as Apple has typically had the upper hand in its lawsuits against the company. Some versions of the Galaxy Tab have in fact been banned in some countries, if normally just on a preliminary basis.
     
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Jul 26, 2012, 10:43 AM
 
Here's what I think Apple should post as an "apology":

"No, Samsung did not copy iPad. But really, who could?"
     
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Jul 26, 2012, 01:40 PM
 
Forcing the losing party to advertise for the opposing company makes a mockery of an already farcical legal system. The court claimed that consumers were unlikely confuse the two products by their design. If the court's decision is true (i.e. consumers will not confuse the two products), why would someone wanting a Samsung tablet need an advertisement to say they were different?

Instead, it seems something more sinister is afoot. The court is hoping when someone wanting an iPad will be persuaded to buy a Samsung instead. And the world will never know the truth behind such a sinister decision as offshore banks will never report whether Samsung sent funds to the judge in an off-shore account.
     
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Jul 27, 2012, 03:35 AM
 
Originally Posted by Zanziboy View Post
Forcing the losing party to advertise for the opposing company makes a mockery of an already farcical legal system. The court claimed that consumers were unlikely confuse the two products by their design. If the court's decision is true (i.e. consumers will not confuse the two products), why would someone wanting a Samsung tablet need an advertisement to say they were different?
Instead, it seems something more sinister is afoot. The court is hoping when someone wanting an iPad will be persuaded to buy a Samsung instead. And the world will never know the truth behind such a sinister decision as offshore banks will never report whether Samsung sent funds to the judge in an off-shore account.
I beg to differ.

I have a very strong feeling that this "farcical ruling" would never have seen the light of day had Apple Inc been a company that originated from the British Isles.

The bizarre judgment, with its curious references to "coolness" rather than aesthetic design, smacks of shades of envy and a sense of inferiority that seem to reach beyond just being the legal opinions of a single middle-class Briton, albeit a member of the Bench.

As a former British Prime Minister of the Victorian Age (Gladstone, I think) once remarked in a sarcastic rhyme:

Now there is no way you can bribe or twist (thank God)
The British journalist
But seeing what the hack would do (un-bribed)
There's no occasion to!

Substitute journalist for jurist (pretty close!) and it starts to sound quite fitting, and still rhymes, to boot!
     
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A very good point and well said!
     
   
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