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Thursday, February 28, 2013, 06:52 am PT (09:52 am ET)

UK judge who said Apple lacked integrity hired by Samsung [u]

The UK judge who ordered Apple to issue multiple statements saying that Samsung didn't copy the design of the iPad has been hired on by Samsung to act as an expert in an ITC investigation.

Update: Samsung on Thursday contacted International Business Times to clarify that: "Sir Robin Jacob is not a legal representative of Samsung Electronics. A highly reputed intellectual property expert and academic, Sir Robin has been contracted as an expert by a law firm that represents Samsung Electronics in its case against Ericsson."

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The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob has been brought on as one of nine "experts [...] working on behalf of" Samsung according to FOSS Patents. Samsung's counsel submitted the filing listing Jacob as an expert witness in court on Wednesday.

Jacob will act as an expert in the U.S. International Trade Commission's investigation of Ericsson's patent infringement complaint against Samsung. Ericsson is seeking a U.S. import ban against multiple Samsung smartphones and tablets, including the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, and Galaxy Tab.In a court order, Jacob said he hoped Apple's "lack of integrity" was atypical.

In November of last year, Jacob ruled that Apple had failed to properly comply with a court order that it should prominently display on its website that Samsung had not copied the design of Apple's iPad. Apple had updated its site with a link at the bottom, sending users to a linkless, logoless page with a statement saying Samsung had not infringed.

The judge found Apple's wording in the statement insufficient, as well as its placement on Apple's web page. He ordered Apple to change the wording of the statement within two days, giving it an 11-point font and prominent display on the company's website front page.

Speaking on Apple's initial attempt at complying with the court order, Jacob's opinion read: "I hope that the lack of integrity involved in this incident is entirely atypical of Apple."