Samsung Hires Judge Who Forced Public Apology From Apple

Posted February 28, 2013 at 6:24pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 7008 views

Samsung has hired the U.K. judge who forced Apple to publicly apologize to Samsung after a court ruled that the company didn't copy the iPad, reports FOSSPatents.

The judge who gave the first opinion for the appeals court (as you can see at the start of the published decision) was The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob. As Wikipedia explains, he "retired from the Court of Appeal in March 2011" to become a professor, but under Section 9 of the Senior Courts Act 1981, ex-judges can still be invited to sit on the bench. On that basis, Sir Robin Jacob handled the Samsung v. Apple case that made headline news around the world because it appeared that Apple filed frivolous lawsuits (which is not true). In a ruling on Apple's first attempt to comply with the publicity order, Sir Robin Jacob even noted a "lack of integrity".

FOSSPatents notes that for someone so concerned with "integrity" is it very strange that after issuing an extreme ruling in favor of Samsung that the judge would then go work for them. "It gives the impression that a judge who deals Samsung's number one rival a huge PR blow, in a way that I found very extreme and unjustified, will be generously rewarded."

What do you think? Was it reasonable that Apple was forced to make a public apology to Samsung after trying to protect its IP in court? Should that judge be then allowed to work as patent expert for Samsung?

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paul - March 2, 2013 at 11:58am
if he is typical of most of our UK judges, his head is up his arse and has no idea of the real world, he lives in a cosseted world ,
dopeman13 - March 2, 2013 at 8:46am
I gotta give it to Apple for Revolutionizing the mobile genereration, However when it comes to innovation, They fucking suckkkkk...Samsungs look and work nothing li. Fallen apple.
Dan - March 1, 2013 at 11:23pm
What a sack of sh$t!
Jackobyte - March 1, 2013 at 12:19pm
It depends on whether you think it is right to allow a company to patent a rectangle with curved corners or not... Personally this is ridiculous as there is no other logical shape to make the product. Can you imagine applying for a design patent for the shape of a canvas to paint on. That IP is a total joke and would only ever have been granted in the USA where lawyers are always looking for more ways to make money... the more IP they patent, the more work they get from lawsuits. This stuff however squashes innovation. I am sure Apple should have apologized to Google for copying Notification Centre and Caller Privacy but you know Google are too good for that.
miskol - March 1, 2013 at 12:41pm
Google is GOOD???!! go do some googling of how evil Google actually is. Google took a lot of shortcuts to make how big Android's community is today. shortcut with Oracle to create Android, shortcut with Eric Schimidt(CEO of Google while also board member in Apple, WTF) as an insider for years to learn the trade secret in iPhone/iPad.... oh so much evil Google have become, but these are my favourites to mention. in summary, Google needed to call upon an alliance of 34 members (OHA) to build the Android-camp, while Apple plays solo. If Google really does the innovations themselves, why need the alliance. who is the true innovator now, from the beginning until now Apple is still solo... fact.
Jackobyte - March 1, 2013 at 1:27pm
Do some research yourself. Check out the aquisitions that Apple have made over the years? Solo? nah, they just bought the companies for the components they required. Wouldn't make sense for Google to do this since their product is Open Source hence the need for a team. You Apple fanboys are funny beasts. Not one comment made about the ridiculous patents that Apple have bought. They talk about the lawyer for Samsung, clearly Koh was on Apple's payroll... Sponsored law.
miskol - March 1, 2013 at 1:35pm
yeah, at least Apple have the decency to pay for it and OWN it instead of copying others and ripping off their efforts. yeah well if we are going to say about lawyers, how about the recent news about the judge who asked Apple to make an apology, and then goes to work with Samsung. again a summary, you want something, you pay for it. buying companies is legal and is good faith, rather than being a copycat and refuse to acknowledge being one, and getting things for free. also have to resort in buying Motorola just to again being evil and using standard patents in patent war. i have no respect.
miskol - March 1, 2013 at 11:13pm
if you are not satisfied lets talk about patents specifically... i'm sure u know that Google is created and is a huge success based on PageRank. did u know that the PageRank patent is regarded as a very powerful software patent and to those others who want to build a search engine is basically wont be able to get past PageRank? it is that powerful because the patent is so broad. have ever apply for patent? i have, and the basic strategy is to apply for as general and as broad a patent could be. Apple did it, so does Google and everyone else. IP is a system, and innovators can only go as much as submitting patent application, if you have a problem you should blame the IP system for accepting it. refer http://www.fosspatents.com/2011/07/googles-new-anti-patent-stance-has-four.html
Rod - March 1, 2013 at 6:15am
Will Samsung apologize for copying apples passbook app. Sheesh.
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