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Judge orders Apple to write a proper apology to Samsung

Not happy with the snarky first one
Thu Nov 01 2012, 13:19
Apple iPhone fighting Samsung Galaxy SIII

A UK JUDGE has ordered Apple to reword the cheeky 'apology' to Samsung that it posted on its website last week, because it fails to comply with original court order.

Last week Apple posted a half-arsed so-called 'apology' to Samsung on its website after the court ordered it to do so, admitting that Samsung did not copy the Ipad. However, Apple's snarky note said that although Samsung was found by the UK court not to have copied the Ipad design, its Galaxy Tab certainly isn't as cool, and that other courts had found that it did infringe Apple's patents.

However, the UK Court of Appeal in London told Apple today that it must remove its present non-apology from its website within 24 hours and replace it with a proper statement that says Samsung did not copy the Ipad.

"I'm at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this," Judge Robin Jacob said today, Bloomberg reports. "That is a plain breach of the order."

Apple lawyer Michael Beloff argued against the court's decision, saying that the statement posted was in line with the original order - even though it clearly wasn't.

The notice "is not designed to punish, it is not designed to makes us grovel", Beloff said. "The only purpose is to dispel commercial uncertainty."

He claimed that it would take Apple 14 days to take down and change the notice, but this request was, unsurprisingly, rejected by the court.

"I would like to see the head of Apple make an affidavit setting out the technical difficulties which means Apple can't put this on," the judge said.

"I just can't believe the instructions you've been given. This is Apple. They cannot put something on their website?"

Samsung told The INQUIRER that it "welcomes the court's decision".

Apple told us it would not be commenting on today's ruling. µ


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