Apple Makes Backhand Apology To Samsung

As you might have heard, Apple lost its copyright infringement suits regarding iPad design against Samsung in the EU. Recently Apple lost its appeal to the High Court as well where it was seeking to overturn a previous ruling. Judge also ruled that Apple was required to run notices on both its U.K. Web site and in various publications saying that Samsung did not infringe on any of its tablet patents. Below is the original text Apple was asked to put on their website.

“On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple’s registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of the High court is available on the following link http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Patents/2012/1882.html.

That Judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal on 18 October 2012. A copy of the Court of Appeal’s judgment is available on the following link http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2012/1339.html. There is no injunction in respect of the registered design in force anywhere in Europe.”

But these two paragraphs were apparently not enough for Apple, so they added some content of their own:

“The informed user’s overall impression of each of the Samsung Galaxy Tablets is the following…….They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool.

“So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple’s far more popular iPad.”

Luckily the court quickly noticed these two extra paragraphs with “hints” of immaturity and ordered Apple to remove them in 24 hours.  Smile


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