A UK judge seems to be indicating that he's just about had enough of the flood of vexatious litigation Apple has put into play to disrupt its competitors - Samsung in particular. Apple has to shout that it was wrong. By I.D. Scales.
Judge Colin Birss appears to be attempting to draw a line under Apple's failed UK suit alleging that Samsung has copied the iPad with its latest Galaxy Tablet.
He's ordered Apple to post a notice on its own UK homepage to the effect that it accepts that Samsung did not copy the design. And the judge has further sentenced the Californian giant to follow this up by taking out advertisements in several key UK newspapers and magazines - effectively it has ordered Apple to do some expensive advertising on behalf of Samsung.
The innovative sentencing concept is presumably designed to make it harder for Apple - from a public relations point of view, if not a legal one - to bring yet more cases in different jurisdictions once it appears to have done a mea culpa in the UK.
It also has the whiff of a stern headmaster ordering the school bully to apologise to his victim at assembly... always humiliating.
Colin Birss, QC, was the learned judge who a week ago pronounced the Galaxy innocent because it was not as 'cool' as the iPad - a sort of backhanded compliment to Apple with a sting in the tail, since it meant Apple had lost the suit.
The two tablets, he said at the time, were similar when viewed from the front but that the Galaxy tablets "do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design".
So will Apple now, having learnt its lesson, become a more humble and more reasonable purveyor of global gadgetry?
In your dreams Colin.
Apple has asked for, and been granted, leave to appeal the judge's decision.
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