By: Gigaom
Apple can hold off telling Brits that Samsung didn’t copy (for now)
A UK judge who found that Samsung didn't copy the iPad took the unusual step this month of ordering Apple to broadcast that finding to the British public. Now, Apple has won at least a temporary reprieve.

In one of the stranger twists in the global legal battle over tablet computers, a UK judge this month ordered Apple to announce via newspapers and its website that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad.

Judge Colin Birss, who had recently decided that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets are “are not as cool” as the iPad, ruled the order was necessary to correct prejudice against Samsung stemming from Apple’s lawsuit.

Apple balked at the order, which requires it to buy newspaper ads and put a notice on its website for six months, and argued that it amounted to giving its competitor free advertising. It appealed the order and asked for a stay.

Today, Bloomberg reports that Apple got its wish — a London court has reportedly agreed to freeze the order until Apple has a chance to appeal the ruling in October.

The UK dust-up is just one of many ongoing court battles between the company. Apple will confront its nemesis on its home turf next week in a long-awaited patent trial staring in San Jose, California.

(Image by Thomas E Kinder via Shutterstock)

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