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Apple's half-hearted apology displeases UK court, ordered to make changes within 24 hours

News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday November 01, 2012.

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Apple has run afoul of the U.K. Court of Appeal in London for a declaration on its website that claimed Samsung did not copy its iPad design but did copy the iPad design. If that sounds a bit confusing and contradictory, it should because that's the way that Apple intended the message to be read.

The U.K. Court of Appeal ruled in July that the Samsung Galaxy Tab did not infringe on the Apple iPad design, and ordered Apple to post a notice on its website stating that Samsung did not copy its design. Apple later posted the notice, but also included comments about rulings in other cases that did find that Samsung mimicked Apple's products. The notice said that even though Samsung was not found to copy in the U.K., other courts had deemed its Galaxy Tab as derivative of the iPad.

Judge Robin Jacob was not pleased with Apple's decision to mention other cases, which undermines the the weight of the U.K. decision, and admonished Apple's lawyers. Judge Jacob said, "I'm at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this. That is a plain breach of the order."

Apple's lawyers protested that the notice is in line with the court's order, but Judge Jacob ordered that Apple remove the statement within 24 hours and then post another notice pointing out the inaccurate allegations of copying.

source: Bloomberg

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