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Friday, 26 October 2012 10:32

Apple says sorry for patent trollage

Written by Nick Farrell



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Jobs' Mob has apologised for saying that Samsung nicked its ideas. Of course it did not do so willingly. It was told to do so by a British court in one of the patent cases it lost.

Needless to say this sort of apology is not the sort of thing that involves saying sorry, particularly as Apple is trying to convince a German court that Samsung really did nick its ideas. Rather than say it cocked up, Apple quoted the Judge saying that Apple products were too cool to be mistaken for Samsung's.

Apple pointed out that a case tried in Germany regarding the same patent, the court found that Samsung engaged in unfair competition by copying the iPad design. A U.S. jury also found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's design and utility patents, awarding over one billion U.S. dollars in damages to Apple Inc. So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple's far more popular iPad.

Still no mention of “sorry”. It seems to be the hardest word. We are not sure what Samsung and the British Judge will think of this particular apology as we are not sure that it is what either of them would have had in mind.

Nick Farrell

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