|... if you're Apple, that is|
"The notice should outline the July 9 London court decision that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets don’t infringe Apple’s registered designs, [the IPKat's influential friend] Judge Colin Birss said. It should be posted on Apple’s UK website for six months and published in several newspapers and magazines to correct the damaging impression the South Korea-based company was copying Apple’s product ... The order means Apple will have to publish “an advertisement” for Samsung, and is prejudicial to the company, Richard Hacon, a lawyer representing Cupertino, California-based Apple, told the court. “No company likes to refer to a rival on its website.”The IPKat hasn't seen the order in question, but he recalls that the IP Enforcement Directive (2004/48) provides as follows:
Judge Birss said in his July 6 ruling that Samsung’s tablets were unlikely to be confused with the iPad because they are “not as cool.” ...
Judge Birss didn’t grant Samsung’s bid for an injunction blocking Apple from making public statements that the Galaxy infringed its design rights.
“They are entitled to their opinion that the judgment is not correct,” he said ...".
"Article 15It is generally assumed that Article 15 is there in order to proclaim the liability of infringers, not the innocence of non-infringers -- and the wording doesn't quite seem to fit the bill.
Publication of judicial decisions
Member States shall ensure that, in legal proceedings instituted for infringement of an intellectual property right, the judicial authorities may order, at the request of the applicant and at the expense of the infringer, appropriate measures for the dissemination of the information concerning the decision, including displaying the decision and publishing it in full or in part. Member States may provide for other additional publicity measures which are appropriate to the particular circumstances, including prominent advertising".
A katpat goes to Colin Fowler (Rouse Legal) for tipping the kats off to this exciting morsel of news.