In an interesting twist, a U.K. judge on Wednesday ordered Apple (AAPL) to admit publicly that Samsung’s (005930KS) tablet designs do not copy the iPad. Bloomberg reports that Judge Colin Birss has ordered Apple to post a notice on its website and run ads in British newspapers stating that Samsung tablets do not copy Apple’s designs. The note on Apple’s site must remain present for six months, and the “advertisement” Apple runs in various news papers was ordered to “correct the damaging impression” Apple’s repeated copycat claims have given consumers regarding Samsung’s Android tablets. Despite the moral victory, the judge did not grant Samsung an injunction that would prevent Apple from publicly stating that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and similar devices infringe its design patents, Bloomberg said.


Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.