Apple's patent trolling is backfiring as the company was ordered by a London court judge to publish an advertisement for Samsung. Ruling that Samsung didn't copy designs of Apple's iPad, Judge Colin Birss ruled Apple should post a notice on its UK website for six months and publish in newspapers and magazines to correct any impression that Samsung was copying Apple's product.
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.
The order means Apple will have to publish “an advertisement” for Samsung, Richard Hacon, a lawyer for Cupertino, California-based Apple, told the court. “No company likes to refer to a rival on its website.”