samsung did not copy the ipad

Oh, sweet irony… Remember last week’s decision by UK judge Colin Birss who ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is “not as cool” as the iPad, and not infringing on Apple’s designs?

Well, as it turns out, there is some major insult added to the injury for Apple. According to Bloomberg, Judge Birss ordered the Cupertino-based maker of the iPad to publicly acknowledge that Samsung has not copied its designs when making the Galaxy Tab. Apple will have to publish the announcement on their UK website and keep it live for six months. Also, they will have to publish the same acknowledgement in several British newspapers and magazines. There is no word yet on the contents of the acknowledgement. May I suggest “Samsung didn’t copy the iPad and we will stop stifling competition with lawsuits” repeated a hundred times?

In Birss’ opinion (which we salute), this public acknowledgement should repair some of the damage made by Apple’s repeated statements about Samsung stealing their designs. It appears that Samsung did try to obtain an injunction order that would bar Apple from ever publicly accusing the design of the Galaxy Tab again, but the UK justice denied it.

According to an Apple lawyer, the decision is prejudicial to the company, because it basically amounts to Apple having to do some free advertising to Samsung’s product. Yep, that about covers it.

All we can say is a big kudos to Judge Birss!

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • Quryous

    Please, notify us when Apfail finally complies with the obvious and inevitable. We would like to link to it. The world deserves to know the truth.

  • rsanchez1

    Please post it on the US website too.

  • I wholeheartedly agree!

  • bboy

    That is hilarious…

  • welshblood


  • It’s just the right thing to do after all the ‘damage’ they did to Samsung’s image by saying that they DID copy the iPad. Help right the wrong Apple. :D

  • guest

    stranded Apple … here s ur spankey…

  • Immortal78
    • Steve Davies

      that is the most poorly written and childish thing I have ever read outside of my three year olds classroom.

    • VN

      The link’s broke just like ur mac

  • Linish

    Well done :)
    We could say Apple copied iPad design from slate :) used by us during our childhood days :)
    LOL :D

  • SamsaraGuru

    Well, if they WILL tell lies about Samsung and do everything litigiously possible to smear them by insulting not just Samsung, but every other human being on the face of the earth’s intelligence by making the idiotic claim they invented the shape of the rectangle and curved corners; and they will do everything humanly possible to fulfill the vindictive “fatwa” of their uNspiritual leader – the Ayatollah Steven Jobs; well, then just maybe perhaps they should not be too terribly surprised that they got themselves bit_h slapped by the judge and forced to do penance for their many sins and unrepentant ways?

    Great; now we need a similar ruling in the United States; only here they should be forced to put it up on billboards on all the major highways across the country around every major city from sea to shining sea forced to foot Samsung’s, Google’s, HTC’s and Motorola’s legal bills as they were in the Oracle case.

    Time the judges started levying fines on top of forcing them to pay legal fees and post apologies. When you go beyond the bounds of civil and legal propriety to such a gross extendt as they have and continue to, it is time to institute very stiff penalties.

    Good job judge; keep up the good work!