Apple must apologize again over copycat claims


The iPad Mini is shown in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. Apple Inc. is refusing to compete on price with its rivals in the tablet market, it’s pricing its new, smaller iPad well above the competition. On Tuesday, the company revealed the iPad Mini, with a screen that’s about two-thirds the size of the full-size model, and said it will cost $329 and up. AP

LONDON— British judges say Apple needs to apologize once more for falsely claiming that South Korea’s Samsung copied its iPad, the latest embarrassing episode in the tech rivals’ world-spanning patent battle.

Apple Inc. was ordered to print an apology on its website after British judges repeatedly rejected its claim that Samsung Electronics Co. ripped off its designs when creating its own tablet computer, the Galaxy Tab.

Apple did post an apology, but judges at London’s High Court ruled Thursday that it didn’t go far enough and ordered a new one posted to its site within 48 hours.

Samsung and Apple are locked in a series of international lawsuits over alleged copyright violations, including a California case which saddled Samsung with a $1 billion fine for copying Apple’s design.

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  • mark

    shame on you APPLE…

  • maximus_meridius

    Apple’s products are highly over rated and over priced.  Other competing products such as from Samsung are actually better, practical and are has more value for money than these over hyped products from Apple.  Go to hell Apple!

  • Mike_1974

    i had ipad before and now have samsung galaxy note 10.1. samsung is much better!!!! i think apple is just sourgraping because Samsung is a much better product!!! love apple’s designs but I HATE THEIR BUSINESS PRACTICES!!!

  • Jun Go

    apologize lang?  pero ang samsaung pinabayad ng bilyong dolyar.  dapat bayad din ang apple sa samsung, tapos quits na. so balik zero lahat, then hanapan ulit ng copyrights violation singilan ulit ng bilyon, at iikot ikot ulit.

    bulsa lang ng apple at samsung top brass ang lumalaki; pero ang mga nagmamanufacture ng mga iyan, gatiting pa rin ang kinikita at maraming unfair labor practice pa.

  • jbadge

    Apologize? What for? So Apple lost the lawsuit, which it filed without malice and with full conviction that Samsung did indeed copy iPad’s design. That should be the end of it and no need to apologize. They already lost, what else do you want? Is that how the justice system works in Britain, which is, I sue someone and if I lose, I have to apologize for suing? 

    • monATmex

      umm. have you heard of legal expenses? it must be worth at least $100K. who picks up the tab? if a case was brought against you unfairly, would you be willing to spend an arm and a leg and just heave a sigh of relief after you win? in a way this judgement was unfair to samsung.

      • jbadge

        Yes, I’ve heard of it, thank you. But what does legal expenses have anything to do with apologizing, which you did not really address? I agree, pay the legal expenses, but apologize on top of that? Just too trivial.

      • allandel

        apologize because you were accused of doing something that you didn’t do. that accusation had lots of mileage. kahit na sino ang makabasa, ang iisipin, nangopya ang samsung but it was finally settled and apple’s lawsuit was found to have no merit. in fact, it was determined that they were the ones who did the copying. samsung wants apple to announce to the world, the same way they did when they accused samsung, that they were wrong.

      • jbadge

        NO, the judgement alone speaks volume. Samsung won and Apple ends up with egg on its face. Only narrow-minded people would continue to think that Samsung did the copying even after they won the lawsuit. But can you honestly say that Samsung had a better design on their smartphones even before the iPhone came out? If indeed yes, then what can you say about this internal email from Samsung’s Chief Strategy Officer: ‘‘All this time we’ve been paying all our attention to Nokia, and concentrated our efforts on things like Folder, Bar, Slide, yet when our [product] is compared to the unexpected competitor Apple’s iPhone, the difference is truly that of Heaven and Earth,’ according to the email. ‘It’s a crisis of design.’”

      • allandel

        thanks for the info

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