Apple Inc. appears to have gotten itself into some hot water in its worldwide patent battles against its major smartphone competitors.
A U.K. judge ordered Apple this week to publicly state that Samsung Electronics CO. did not copy the iPad design with its Galaxy Tab tablets. PCWorld magazine reported that Apple will need to post the notice outlining the July 9 London court ruling on Apple’s U.K. homepage for six months, as well as publish it in magazines and newspapers to correct any misunderstandings that Samsung was copying the iPad, Judge Colin Birss said on Wednesday.
Birss said in his ruling on July 9 that the South Korea-based company’s tablets were unlikely to be confused for the iPad because they were “not as cool” as Apple’s iPads.
Apple’s lawyer told Bloomberg that the Cupertino, Calif.-based company plans to appeal the decision. Apple’s shares went up 1.33 percent to $614.32 on Thursday on Nasdaq.
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