Apple has lost its appeal against the findings of a previous case with Samsung in the UK, when judge Judge Birss found that Samsung's Galaxy Tab range hadn't copied Apple's iPad design and ordered Apple to run apologies on its web site and across print media.

The appeal loss means Apple will now have to submit to the initial ruling, which asked it to run an apology on Apple.co.uk for at least six months, admitting that Samsung didn't copy its iPad tablet design, in order to avoid creating the impression that Samsung is a tech copycat that clones Apple's products. Ahem.

A Samsung spokesman who presumably can't quite believe his or her luck, said: "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." [BBC]