“Punishment for the wrongdoers”- I am sure nobody would disagree with this view, especially if he is the victim. But punishments decided by the authorities might always not be appealing to the mass. Here is such a case which has left the world speechless with its judgement.
iPad is the first series of Tablet computers, primarily designed to serve as a forum for audiovisual media. It is the brain-child of Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple Inc. After Apple’s iPad, there were several companies with their fashionable tablets; but none could beat the iPad score.
Sometime back Apple Inc., the pioneer of the cool and smart iPad had involved themselves in a bitter row with one of its rival organization. Apple Inc. had challenged the South Korea based famous company Samsung to have allegedly copied the design of iPad to stylize their new Galaxy Tab. Apple lost the case and this issue ended on a humiliating note for them. According to Bloomberg, an American mass media corporate giant, Collin Birss (a British judge), has forced Apple to publish on their official website that their allegations against Samsung was incorrect and that Samsung did not copy the iPad. It is in a way to advertise for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab! The humiliation does not end over here. This legal notice is to be put up by the Apple on their U.K website home page for six long months! Now that is a Real sting! Allan Haley, the Apple spokesman was unavailable for comments after the judgement. According to Kathryn Pickard, the lawyer of Samsung, this false accusation caused a lot of “Commercial harm”. The decision left many of the Apple fans furious. Many are of the view that Samsung has indeed copied the design from Apple.
The decision of 9th July, the doomsday for the Apple, outlines the quote of the judge that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab does not “infringe” with the designs of Apple’s iPad. Though with his decision in favour of Samsung, the judge, unknowingly dropped a bombshell word which has to be picked up by the Apple immediately. Birss remarked that an iPad in no way can be confused with the Galaxy Tab as it is “not as cool” as the iPad. Now we wonder, whether this should be the pick-up line for the Apple when publishing the regret notice on their site!
Backing his company, Richard Hacon, the California based Apple lawyer says that no company likes to publicize their competitors on their site. Samsung on the other hand wanted to block Apple legally for making public statements about copying their design. However, this was not granted by the Government.
After the declaration of the issue, Samsung shares went up by 3.5% in South Korea while Apple shares went down by 0.1% in New York. According to Samsung lawyers, Apple should also pay for the legal notices circulated among various news firms. Apple must never have thought about this consequence for just an allegation!