Cassandra Khaw, November 3, 2012
You’ve got to love it when big companies bicker like children in the schoolyard. Figuratively speaking, mega-corporations Apple and Samsung have been at each other’s throats for some time now. Following a ruling in favor of Samsung, Apple was charged by a UK court to issue an ‘apology’ to the other company in regards to claims that Samsung had infringed on Apple’s designs and patents. Apple complied. Sort of. The statement issued by Apple included a quote explaining that Samsung’s designs were not quite as ‘cool.’
Naturally, that didn’t go over so well with the UK court. Apple was promptly told to remove its so-called apology to Samsung as it was deemed non-compliant with the court order and to produce a corrected statement within 48 hours. The company did. Adverts by Apple ran in the UK press, as we reported yesterday. Today, Apple followed up by running a statement on the front page of its UK website that its original apology had been accurate.
In case you’re too lazy to maneuver your way there, here’s the statement:
Samsung / Apple UK judgment
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.
Er. Yeah. It definitely isn’t particularly apologetic-sounding, but at the very least, it does not include personal opinions about Samsung. Is this the end of the on-going feud? We’ll have to wait to find out.
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