Yep, Publish a Notice about Innovation

July 19, 2012

Short honk. I am not sure if the Web surfers, the unemployed middle school teachers, and the people with substandard reading skills are going to get the message. The UK is preoccupied with the Olympics and some of the management wizardry of that country. Some wise person does, or perhaps it is a person who was the victim of hazing who demands a big apology. Navigate to “Apple Must Publish Notice Samsung Didn’t Copy iPad in UK.” Here’s the key passage in my opinion:

Apple Inc. was ordered to put notices in U.K. newspapers and on its website stating that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad. The notice should outline the July 9 London court decision that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets don’t infringe Apple’s registered designs, Judge Colin Birss said yesterday. It should be posted on Apple’s U.K. home page for six months and published in newspapers and magazines to correct any impression the South Korea-based company was copying Apple’s product, Birss said. The order means Apple will have to publish “an advertisement” for Samsung, Richard Hacon, a lawyer for Cupertino, California-based Apple, told the court. “No company likes to refer to a rival on its website.”

Yep, that will make everything better. By the way, what exactly is the problem? Perhaps it is the need for executives at the squash club to explain the victory? Could the attorneys involved be using the “apologize” order as inspiration for bon mots to use at the golf club?

Fascinating even here in Harrod’s Creek. At the general store this morning, the geezers did not know about the dust up. One did not know that “apple” was more than fruit. Another observed, “Ain’t that Samson the outfit which done makes suitcases?”

Victory, nevertheless, smells sweet and a bit like the kindergarten cloak room to me. Whatever the cost to those involved in the matter, the money is secondary to what I call “ego value.” Breathe deep the scent of triumph.

Stephen E Arnold, July 19, 2012

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