You may remember a case last year in which the a UK judge overseeing the Samsung vs. Apple case forced the company to post a public apology on its website stating that Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s iPad design. FOSS Patents is reporting today that one of the judges who upheld that bizarre order, Sir Robin Jacob, is now in the employ of none other than Samsung.
Apple, to its credit, used a little snark in its court-ordered apology last year and noted that, “while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple’s far more popular iPad.” Apple was forced by the court to change that statement and complied, but placed the revision in a location on its UK home page that required users to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to read it.
After Apple’s first attempt to comply with the strange order, Sir Robin noted a “lack of integrity” by the company in their dealings with the court. FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller hits the nail on the head in reporting this situation, stating that “For someone so concerned with ‘integrity’ it is utterly unusual to issue a high-profile and extreme ruling in favor of a particular party (Samsung in this case) only to be hired as an expert by that same party in another dispute.”
UK judge who upheld order for Apple to apologize now works for Samsung originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.