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U.K. judge orders Apple to publicly say Samsung did not copy iPad

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A U.K. judge has ordered Apple to publicly say rival Samsung did not copy the iPad with its line of Galaxy tablets.

Specifically, the judge ordered Apple to post it on its U.K. website and in advertisements in British newspapers that Samsung’s tablets don’t infringe on the designs of the iPad.

The ruling comes 10 days after Samsung won a patent case against Apple. But the reason for the victory was less than stellar for the South Korean company.

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Judge Colin Birss said Samsung did not infringe on the iPad since its own products were not nearly “as cool” as the Apple tablet and people would not confuse them.

Samsung’s Galaxy tablets “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” Birss said, according to Bloomberg. “They are not as cool.”

But it is indeed a victory for Samsung, as it’ll be Apple who will have to pay for the advertisements. The Cupertino tech company is required to purchase ads in the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, Guardian Mobile magazine, and T3, according to Bloomberg.

Not surprisingly, Apple plans to appeal the ruling.

“No company likes to refer to a rival on its website,” said Richard Hacon, a lawyer for Apple.

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