UK Judge Forces Apple to Re-Write Flimsy Apology to Samsung
Wasn't Impressed With Non-Apology to Samsung
by Karl Bode 12:31PM Thursday Nov 01 2012 Tipped by Cheese
A UK Judge has ruled that Apple must re-write and more prominently display their apology to Samsung. Back in July, a judge at the High Court in London ruled that Samsung's Galaxy Tab was not a copy of the iPad, given the obvious fact the device was not as "cool" and lacked Apple's "extreme simplicity." As punishment, the Judge demanded that Apple issue a prominently displayed apology on their website acknowledging that Samsung did not copy Apple. Apple barely complied, posting a tiny link on their UK website
for an apology
that wasn't much of an apology. The rather passive aggressive "apology" cherry picked quotes from the ruling that were favorable to Apple, while highlighting how other courts around the world have ruled differently.
Needless to say, the Judge is not impressed with Apple's behavior. The UK court of appeal has reprimanded Apple
, demanding that the computer manufacturer rewrite the apology and post it more prominently. Amusingly, Apple lawyers tried to argue that it would be impossible to update the apology in any less than two weeks:
The UK court of appeal has reprimanded Apple over the wording of the statement on its website acknowledging that Samsung did not infringe the iPad tablet's registered design, and ordered it to put an altered statement on its homepage – rather than tucked away in a linked page – until 14 December....At a hearing in the court in London on Thursday morning, the judge told Apple that it had to change the wording of the statement within 48 hours, carry it on its home page, and use at least 11-point font. Apple tried to argue that it would take at least 14 days to put a corrective statement on the site – a claim that one judge said he "cannot believe".
Apple is of course refusing to comment about the new ruling.