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Judge Who Accused Apple of a Lack of Integrity is Now Working for Samsung

by Sean P. Aune | February 28, 2013February 28, 2013 8:30 am PST

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A U.K. judge who claimed Apple had shown a “lack of integrity” in a case with Samsung, has now found himself employed by the Korean manufacturer.

Late last year, Apple lost an appeal against Samsung in the U.K. and was ordered to post a public apology to the Korean manufacturer for ever saying its tablets copied the iPad. Apple complied with the order, but the three judge panel decided that it wasn’t good enough because it was too cheeky, and it was ordered to post a new one. Apple complied again, and the matter seemed to fade away.

Sir Robin Jacob was the judge that reprimanded Apple for its apology not being good enough, and that was all well and good as it was his job. He said in his order for the new apology that Apple had shown a “lack on integrity” through out the case.

A few eyebrows have now been raised regarding Jacob’s own integrity as FOSS Patents has uncovered that he is now on the payroll of Samsung. The judge is listed as an expert witness for Samsung in a case currently going before the ITC filed by Ericsson against Samsung.

To be clear, there is nothing illegal in what Jacob or Samsung has done, and there are no indications of any impropriety during the case last year. It is just one of those things that make you raise an eyebrow and go, “really?” It almost comes off as seeming like a reward for his ruling, and that is never a good thing.

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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...