New Apple Samsung Acknowledgement Appears On UK Website

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New acknowledgement is more humble after appeals court orders rewrite

Apple has posted a revised version of an acknowledgement of a ruling that Samsung did not copy the design of its market leading iPad tablet, after a judge said that the original statement was “untrue” and “incorrect”.

The Cupertino-based company was originally ordered to post the statement on its website and several national publications after the High Court ruled that the iPad could not possibly be confused for the Samsung Galaxy Tab as the Samsung device wasn’t “cool enough.”

Apple posted an acknowledgement last week, but it made reference to court cases in other countries where Samsung had been found guilty of infringing Apple patents, which something which created the “impression that the UK court is out of step with other courts.”

Apple Samsung acknowledgement

“On 25 October 2012, Apple Inc. published a statement on its UK website in relation to Samsung’s Galaxy tablet computers,” reads a new, larger statement on Apple’s UK website. “That statement was inaccurate and did not comply with the order of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales.”

“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,” reads the full statement, which also includes a link to the full judgment.”

“That Judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales on 18 October 2012,” it continued. “There is no injunction in respect of the Community registered design in force anywhere in Europe.”

Apple had demanded 14 days to make the changes, but the UK Appeals Court gave it just 48 hours to issue a new acknowledgement.

“I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this,” Judge Robin Jacob is quoted as saying. “That is a plain breach of the order.”

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