Sunday, November 04, 2012

After legal wrist slap, Apple U.K. posts compliant Samsung 'apology' statement on its website

This time for sure: after being slapped on the wrist a bit for snarkily complying with a court order, on Saturday, Apple U.K. issued an updated Samsung "apology" statement on its website.

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The incident stemmed from an Oct. 18 court order in which U.K. High Court Judge Colin Birss ruled that Apple must run notices on its U.K. website and in a number of U.K. print publications stating that Samsung did not infringe Apple's iPad patents and therefore did not breach U.K. law. Additionally, the order stated that the notice must remain on Apple's site for one month.

However, Samsung complained to a U.K. Court of Appeal that the earlier version of Apple's "apology was inaccurate, and on Thursday Apple was ordered to remove the statement. The problem was actually less about inaccuracy, and more about Apple embellishing the "apology" with additional details about other court cases in other countries.

Apple's U.K. website now admits its previous statement was not compliant with the court order, stating:
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.
Apple's website "apology" now reads the same way as the apology printed in U.K. newspapers on Friday. It is simple and contains nothing more than the court ordered text:
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

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

There is no injunction in respect of the registered design in force anywhere in Europe.

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