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Apple has been ordered by a judge to publish a notice on its U.K. Web site and in British newspapers alerting people to a ruling that Samsung Electronics did not copy designs for the iPad.

The notice should outline the July 9 London court decision that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets do not infringe on Apple’s registered designs, Judge Colin Birss said yesterday.

The information should be posted on Apple’s U.K. home page for six months and published in several newspapers and magazines to correct any impression the Korean tech titan was copying Apple’s product, Birss said.

The order means Apple will have to publish “an advertisement” for Samsung, Richard Hacon, a lawyer for Apple, told the court. “No company likes to refer to a rival on its Web site.”

Apple is fighting patent lawsuits around the globe against competitors including Google, HTC and Samsung as it competes for dominance in the smartphone and tablet computer markets. The firms have accused each other of copying designs and technology in their mobile devices.

Legal battles concerning the similarity of tablets made by Samsung and Apple are being fought in Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S.

Birss said in his July 9 ruling that Samsung’s tablets were unlikely to be confused with the iPad because they are “not as cool.” He declined yesterday to grant Samsung’s bid for an injunction blocking Apple from making public statements that the Galaxy infringed its design rights.

“They are entitled to their opinion,” he said.

Bloomberg

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