Apple Publishes Revised Samsung StatementBy: Zach Walton - November 5, 2012
It’s rare for Apple to admit any wrongdoing. It’s even more rare when it comes to its competition as it took a court order for Apple to say that Samsung did not copy the iPad. The first public statement, however, was quickly pulled as the court deemed it inaccurate. Now Apple is back with a revised statement that’s free of any snark found in the original statement.
When you visit Apple’s UK Web site now, you’re greeted by a much larger statement at the bottom of the page. It’s no longer a small link, but a mini-statement in and of itself with a prominent link pointing the user to the statement.
If you recall, the original statement contained a lengthy quote from the judge who ruled in the Apple/Samsung case in the UK. The judge said that Samsung’s tablets were not as cool, and Apple emphasized this point in its original statement. It also pointed out the other patent trials that Apple has won around the world.
The revised statement gets rid of that in favor of something more straightforward that just contains the facts. It’s not as fun or funny as the original, but the courts should be content with the statement:
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 revised statement has to remain on Apple’s UK site throughout December. The company was also ordered to take out print ads saying that Samsung did not copy the iPad in popular newspapers and magazines across the UK. Those ads are reportedly showing up now.