Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares declined 0.15% to $606 after a U.K. judge ordered Apple to broadcast a notice on its website and in British newspapers notifying people to a ruling that Samsung Electronics Co. didn’t copy designs for the iPad.
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Judge Colin Birss said that the notice should mention the July 9 London court decision that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets don’t infringe Apple’s registered designs and it should be posted on Apple’s U.K. website for six months and published in several newspapers and magazines to correct the negative impression about Samsung that it was copying Apple’s product.
Judge Birss also said in his July 6 ruling that Samsung’s tablets should not be confused with the iPad because they are “not as cool.”
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The order means Apple will have to publish an advertisement for the South Korea-based company, Samsung, and is prejudicial to the company. Richard Hacon, a lawyer representing Cupertino, California-based Apple, told the court that no company likes to refer to a rival on its website.
Moreover, Apple is fighting patent lawsuits around the globe against competitors including Google Inc., HTC Corp. and Samsung as it competes for supremacy of the smartphone and tablet computer markets. The firms have accused each other of copying designs and technology in their mobile devices. Legal battles regarding the similarity of Samsung and Apple tablets are being fought in Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S.
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Judge Birss didn’t allow Samsung’s bid for a ruling regarding blocking Apple from making public statements that the Galaxy infringed its design rights.