Apple Adds Samsung Faux-pology to UK Website

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Apple's revised court ordered apology appeared on the company's UK website Monday morning, and like the print version that showed up in newspapers last week, is concise and avoids the word "sorry."

Apple's new faux-pology to Samsung is on its UK websiteApple's new faux-pology to Samsung is on its UK website

The revised website statement reads:

On 9 July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited's Galaxy Tablet Computers, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple's Community registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of
the High Court is available from 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 of England and Wales on 18 October 2012. A copy of the Court of Appeal's judgment is available from www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2012/1339.html. There is no injunction in respect of the Community registered design in force anywhere in Europe.

The wording matches what UK newspaper readers saw last week, and is markedly shorter than the original version that appeared about a week ago.

As part of a ruling in Samsung's favor in the two company's U.K. legal battle over whether or not the Galaxy tablet lineup copies the iPad design -- a ruling that went in Samsung's favor -- Apple was ordered by the court to post a public statement saying as much. The company's original version didn't sit well with the court, and Apple was ordered to revise its wording.

In the original statement, Apple noted that the court said Samsung isn't copying Apple's iPad design, but then noted that the court also said the Galaxy Tab lineup isn't "as cool" as the iPad, and added that courts in other countries have ruled Samsung is infringing on the Cupertino company's designs.

So far there hasn't been a comment from the court on the new statement.

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4 Comments

ctopher

At the bottom of the Apple home page there is a link to the statement that reads:

On 25 October 2012, Apple Inc. published a statement on its UK website in relation to Samsung’s Galaxy tablet computers. That statement was inaccurate and did not comply with the order of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. The correct statement is at Samsung/Apple UK judgement.

what about the original statement was inaccurate?

Also, I don’t see what this does other than give the sitting judge the satisfaction that he can make a big company dance to his tune?

Lancashire-Witch

Apple wasn’t ordered to make an apology. it was ordered to make a statement of fact.

Terrin

Why do people keep suggesting Apple is supposed to publicly apologize? I’d love to see the source for that.

Instead, the court ordered Apple to do no such thing. Apple merely was supposed to publish that the Court found Samsung’s iPad knock off not to infringe the IP of Apple. Apple doesn’t have to say it is sorry. That would be lame as Apple obviously doesn’t agree with the Court decision.

iJack

I’m really enjoying this, mostly because i have come to firmly believe that the High Court (and by extension, Samsung) can’t possibly win this battle, and will retire, exhausted.

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