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U.K. Judge Orders Apple to Publish That Samsung Did Not Copy the iPad

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

A U.K. judge has ordered Apple to publically acknowledge that Samsung did not copy its iPad design with its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. The judge asked Apple to publish a statement on its website for six months and to publish posts in several publications.

Apple’s attorney Richard Hacon is calling judge Colin Birss’ order an advertisement for Samsung and said “no company likes to refer to a rival on its website.”

Judge Birss ruled on July 6th that Samsung tablets were not likely to be confused with the iPad, citing that they were “not as cool.” Judge Birss’ ruling did not, however, grant Samsung’s request for an injunction that would block Apple from making public statements claiming the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringed on its design.

“They are entitled to their opinion that the judgment is not correct,” said Birss.

While Samsung may have claimed victory in this particular hearing, its feud with Apple is far from over. The two companies still have ongoing legal battles regarding the similarities between the iPad and Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands.

[via: Bloomberg]

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