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Apple, Samsung continue worldwide court battle

The Apple Inc. logo is seen in the lobby of New York City's flagship Apple store in this Jan. 18, 2011 file photo. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

District court judge Lucy Koh, who presided over Apple’s successful patent case against Samsung in August, ordered Apple to publicly disclose its sales, earnings and profit margins on the iPhone on Wednesday.

Koh disagreed with Apple’s argument that disclosing this information would provide its competitors with an unfair advantage.

As CNET reported, the matter is also scheduled to go before the U.S. Court of Appeals, which will come to its own decision on the matter.

In Britain, an appeals court ruled that Apple must post public apologies to Samsung for saying the Korean company copied the iPad’s design with its own tablets.

The Cupertino, Calif. firm will have to publish the apologies in newspapers and on its own Web site unless it decides to appeal the decision to the British Supreme Court. The ruling, Reuters reported, will stand across Europe.

In a statement, a Samsung spokesman said that the company welcomes the decision.

“We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple’s registered design features can be found in numerous examples of prior art,” the statement said. “Should Apple continue to make excessive legal claims in other countries based on such generic designs, innovation in the industry could be harmed and consumer choice unduly limited.”

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on either ruling.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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