Judge slams Apple's 'non-compliance' with court-ordered Samsung apology

Judge slams Apple's 'non-compliance' with court-ordered Samsung apology

I'm "at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this," says judge

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Apple is in trouble again. The company has been told that it has to rewrite the statement it posted on its website about Samsung.

The company has 48 hours to rewrite the statement, which is being described as "non-compliant" with the original court order. At issue is the fact that Apple has added in details from other court cases in the US relating to other non-design patents to suggest that other courts had found against Samsung. 

Apple added the following information to its statment: "However, in a case tried in Germany regarding the same patent, the court found that Samsung engaged in unfair competition by copying the iPad design. A U.S. jury also found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's design and utility patents, awarding over one billion U.S. dollars in damages to Apple Inc. So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple's far more popular iPad."

Apple also included extracts from the July ruling where Judge Birss reasoned that the iPad is "cool" but Samsung tablets, while "very, very similar" when viewed from the front, "are not as cool". He added that they do not embody Apple's sense of "extreme simplicity".

At a hearing in London yesterday morning, Apple was told that the revised statement must have an 11-point font and be displayed on the company's website front page, according to The Guardian.

The Apple v Samsung statement, which was initially posted on 26 October, is currently linked to from the bottom of the front page of Apple's UK site.

Apple reportedly asked for at least 14 days to revise the statement, but the judge said he "cannot believe" it would take so long.

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

The statement has to remain on the front page of Apple's UK website until 14 December.

In addition to posting the statement on its website, Apple also has to take out adverts publicizing the statement in the Financial Times, The Guardian, Daily Mail, T3 magazine and Mobile magazine.


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