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Apple has lost its appeal against a UK ruling in its long-running suit against Samsung, and will have to wear a little egg on its face for a while — a month, to be specific.

Back in July, the British High Court ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab devices were not infringing Apple’s design patents, in part because Samsung’s devices were not as “cool”.

Thanks to this backhanded compliment of sorts, Apple was ordered to run ads saying Samsung has not infringed its rights, and to place a link for a month on its website to a notice affirming this. Naturally, Apple appealed against the decision, and today appeal judges ruled not to overturn the decision. According to reports from BBC News, the three judges said Apple had to “correct” the copycat label slapped on Samsung. “The acknowledgment must come from the horse’s mouth,” they said.

While Apple can still appeal to the UK's Supreme Court, ultimately it's just one chapter in the global legal conflict against Samsung’s Android devices, which has taken the companies to the US, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Australia. It's also a something of a coup for Samsung in light of its recent $1.05 billion fine for software and design patent infringements regarding the iPhone in the US.

Elsewhere, it’s been much less successful. In June, the Dutch court decided that Apple had to pay Samsung for infringing a patent related to how the iPad and iPhone connects to the Internet.

And last year in Australia, Apple wasn’t granted its wish to prevent Samsung from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country.

Source: BBC News


Reader comments

Apple loses appeal in UK High Court, must take out ads saying Samsung isn't a copycat


WaaaAAaaAAAaaAAaaaaAAaaaAARRRR GoOgLE!! --- I know it's samsung, but any Android related win, is scrapped up to google in my books!!

It's nice to see the rest of the world's courts can't be bought like the American judicial system. Seriously the United States needs to take money and corporations out of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial systems, its becoming the sadist joke of the world and for America's Forefathers.

If Samsung is winning or not losing so bad in every court house around the globe, doesn't that mean that the ruling from the US court against Samsung with 1.05 Billion USD is a lot. Doesn't it mean that the US patent law and courts are fvcked up?!

This UK court case only applies to the Galaxy Tab - which the US court also decided didn't infringe any patents.

I can only dream that other courts/judges/juries be as creative with their rulings. Isn't that how we were thought? Or how we teach our kids? We lie and when caught we have to fess up, in public, and we learn through shame and self-humiliation. After all, one causes our own grief by telling stories, right? :)


Love it.

Hopefully the Samsung appeal over the US loss will take place away from the Apple home office where everyone was rooting for the home team, right or wrong.

Um, if you're providing a source link to prove this then why the hell were you just asking if this were true? Doesn't seem to help your I'm-not-trolling case. Just saying...

Also. if you read the article here, he makes mention of it not being as "cool".

Was what Joe said untrue? From the posts of yours that I've seen, I'd have to say he was right. You have a right to your opinion. Just as Joe and others have a right to call you out for trolling or fanboyism.

You have posted a link... you are officially a troll.

Wasn't sure at first. Had to look for sources.
18 min ago
I'm sorry. I didn't realize I was not allowed to have an opinion. Did I not say...
31 min ago
I am glad you like the iPhone. I do however dislike bashing from either side. I...
1 hour ago
Didn't the judge say samsungs's tablet was not cool enough to have been a copy of...
2 hours ago
How is the iPhone broken?
1 day ago
Without promised updates, I'm glad for the android development team :)
2 days ago
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I applaud you sir :)
2 days ago
Wow. Way to stereotype people. Tell me, what credentials do you have that makes...
2 days ago
Well said. ;)
2 days ago
Doesn't that indicate which tablet consumers want more?
2 days ago
May have wanted to choose a better app like infinity blade.
2 days ago
To play devils advocate, what have OEMs done that is really innovative?
2 days ago
We all trust your anecdote as fact. Sigh.
2 days ago
Is that why it outsold the iPad? ;)

Your past comments on Android Central... All either about Apple, the Iphone/Ipad or Samsung/Apple lawsuits. You..... are.... a.... troll.

I am not saying you aren't entitled to your opinion. But why are you on an android based site spewing about how great Apple is... and you don't expect any backlash from that? This is an android site and the majority of the content is about android, but you only show up when their are articles that are "con apple"... 0_o

PS. I have an Imac at home and and design on a Mac Pro at work... I do not hate Apple, but this is a Android site, not iMore.

So, you would rather I stick to one os? Sorry, I like android too as we'll as windows 8 phone. Just like technology in general.

I'm glad for android that there is always new stuff coming out.

Ps. I didn't read the article at first. My bad

Ok now you are arguing just to argue... How did I say you should stick to one OS? I just said I use multiple. But I don't go on iMore and talk up Android and make witty comments about the downfalls of Android, because I don't want to start shit, just for the sake of starting shit.

Also... you didn't read the article before commenting... and you don't want to be known as a troll.

Very well-handled, Joe. Additionally, who cares if a judge calls an Android device "not as cool". Judges and/or Apple fans can call my Galaxy Nexus "uncool" all day long, but I happen to know that it is HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE IPHONE 5 on the "cool" scale. I don't need their validation to absolutely ADORE and appreciate my phone. :-)

I have said it before, I truly believe that you are an Apple employee, paid to slander Android.

Why else would you visit this website several times a day, just to start fires?

In his defense ALL articles on AC seem to be posted before any proof reading or spell check happens. I even e-mailed AC asking for a little more "editing" to happen only to get a sarcastic reply. And articles on here continue to look like they are written by 3rd graders.

Question to those actually following this stuff:

Has Apple been victorious with all these patent BS wars in any jurisdiction besides their own back yard of Northern California?

Its strange how things like justice and common sense are so subjective. Or how incompetent and up for sale some systems are.

Justice has prevailed in the European Union. Now, it's time for justice to prevail here in the United States. Time for Judge Koh to reverse the verdict of the jury-of-one, or to throw out the verdict and order a new trial.

Just read an interesting comment on appleinsider regarding this story.... "Interesting how most rulings outside of Apples home turf seem to go against apple. Personally I feel that at the start Apple was right, their ideas were ripped off. Sadly the newer Samsung devices are not nearly as much a copy and so the rulings on past wrongs are going to be harder & harder to fight."

I may be interpreting this wrong, but it SOUNDS like this Apple fanboy is SAD that Android continues to distinguish itself more and more from Apple products, in order to avoid more idiotic lawsuits.

In the recent lawsuit in the US, about the only thing Samsung won was that the Galaxy Tabs didn't infringe on the iPad. I think everything Apple won had to do with Samsung infringing on the iPhone.

Great news! The Apple's boomerang.
Apple loses in all continents, except USA. Remarkable, isn't it? This says a lot about the objectivity and operation of the American courts.

Hope Apple will think twice in the future and work on new inovative products and not suing it's co-partners and opponents. Because the courts-fights are against innovation, new products and very bad for the consumer.