The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has ordered Apple to reimburse Samsung's legal fees for publishing an ad that was deemed “false and misleading” by a senior judge.
Back in July, the court ruled against Apple’s claims that Samsung had copied its iPad and ordered the iMaker to publish a notice on its website (for six months) and run print ads on major British newspapers clearing the South Korean electronics-maker of any wrongdoing.
Apple recently put said notice up on its UK site and ran a similar ad on the Guardian, both featuring a distinct lack of regret for the damage it has caused its rival.
The disclaimers angered three senior judges, including Sir Jacob Robin, who subsequently concluded that Apple must bear Samsung’s lawyers’ fees as “a mark of the court’s disapproval” of its conduct.
Apple asked for two weeks to rectify its notice, but was given 48 hours, which in itself was considered ‘generous’ by Judge Robin.
Robin said: "I hope that the lack of integrity involved in this incident is entirely atypical of Apple."
He also denied that the decision of the UK court is somehow contradictory to the results of similar cases in countries like the US and Germany.
"There is a false innuendo that the UK court's decision is at odds with decisions in other countries whereas that is simply not true," he added.
It’s unknown exactly how much Apple will be required to pay Samsung. While it certainly won’t be anywhere near the $1.05 billion dollars in damages it was awarded Stateside, it’s nonetheless a slap in the face for the tech giant and a vindication, albeit a minor one, for Samsung.
Apple’s ‘tweaked’ website notice can be found here: http://www.apple.com/uk/legal-judgement/
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