In a bizarre turn of events, Apple has been ordered by a London court that it must publish a notice on its website and in British newspapers declaring Samsung did not infringe upon its iPad designs.
According to Bloomberg, the notice should refer to the decision by Judge Colin Birss on July 9th clearing Samsung of any wrongdoing after Apple repeatedly accused the South Korean electronics-maker for ‘slavishly’ copying the iPad’s design and technology for the Galaxy tablets.
Apple must display the announcement on its websites for six months and run print adverts in several major UK newspapers – including the Daily Mail, the Guardian and the Financial Times – to rectify any impression it gave consumers that Samsung ripped off the iPad.
Richard Hacon, a lawyer for Apple, told the court he was concerned about running “an advertisement” for Samsung.
"No company likes to refer to a rival on its website.”
Apple will doubtless appeal the decision. However, it remains to be seen whether it will cease its allegations against Samsung to avoid getting into further trouble.
Birss declined Samsung’s request for an outright ban on Apple from making negative comments about Galaxy products, saying, "They are entitled to their opinion”.
Samsung said in a statement after the ruling: “Should Apple continue to make excessive legal claims based on such generic designs, innovation in the industry could be harmed and consumer choice unduly limited.”
The two tech giants have been entangled in a lengthy and costly legal warfare around the world over contentions of violating each other’s intellectual properties.
Although Apple managed to have certain Samsung devices temporarily suspended from sale in some countries, it has been largely unsuccessful in dealing any major blow to its sometime best friend, other-times archenemy.