Friday, July 20, 2012

A patent troll gets slapped for once. Hurrah.

Once again, our friends across the pond win on civility:

Apple Inc. (AAPL) was ordered by a judge to publish a notice on its U.K. website and in British newspapers alerting people to a ruling that Samsung Electronics Co. didn’t copy designs for the iPad.

The notice should outline the July 9 London court decision that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets don’t infringe Apple’s registered designs, Judge Colin Birss said yesterday. It should be posted on Apple’s U.K. home page for six months and published in newspapers and magazines to correct any impression the South Korea-based company was copying Apple’s product, Birss said.

And just in case your geeky friends didn't already tell you about this part:

Birss said in his July 9 ruling that Samsung’s tablets were unlikely to be confused with the iPad because they are “not as cool.”

[Added] Lest ye think poor Apple comes up with these designs all by itself, see here. As I heard a few days ago, creativity is the art of hiding your sources.

No comments: