Court Orders Apple to Pay Samsung’s Legal Fees

Apple UK's Revised Web Notice

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Last Friday, the UK court ordered Apple to pay Samsung legal fees. That is after it was reported that the iPhone maker with the previous court order, which instructs them to post a web notice saying the South Korean tech giant did not infringe their iPad’s design.

Inaccuracies and False Innuendo Against Apple

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales found out that Apple’s original posting on their website contains inaccuracies and “false innuendo”. As a result, the court ordered the Cupertino-based company to pay Samsung’s legal fees on an “indemnity basis”. That kind of payment is higher than the standard basis.

Prior to this, UK Judge Colin Birss ruled that Apple should post a web notice on their UK website, saying that Samsung did not copy the design of iPad. However, the notice came in the form of a link to a statement. It was also reported that the company modified it, adding in three paragraphs of non-compliant text between aside from the ordered material’s two paragraphs.

The court claims that the added statement is false and sought to “undermine the intent” of the order. It was also said that Judge Birss’ quote about the distinctive nature of Apple products was taken out of context, creating a false notion that the legal issue was about the iPad.

Reference to judgments over similar patent trials from all over the world was another point of contention. This includes the landmark Apple vs. Samsung patent infringement case, wherein the iPad maker was awarded $1.2 billion in damages. According to the UK court, such insertions were “calculated to produce huge confusion”. They also added that the notice contained “false innuendo that the UK court’s decision is at odds with decisions in other countries whereas it is simply not true.”

After that, the court ordered Apple earlier this month to rewrite their web notice as based on the intended order. In relation to this, last Friday’s ruling is meant to show their disapproval of the company’s conduct, especially with regards to its respect for the original order. In the end, the judgment’s author, Sir Robin Jacob, provided the following scathing statement: “I hope that the lack of integrity involved in this incident is entirely atypical of Apple.”

Aside from the web notice, Birss also ordered Apple to run advertisements on British magazines and newspapers, declaring that Samsung did not infringe their iPad design.

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