A couple of days after a U.K. court of appeal ordered Apple to rewrite its notice of a recent ruling related to the designs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and iPad, the company has indeed posted a new statement on its U.K. website. On the home page of Apple's U.K. site is a brief paragraph explaining that its previous statement was "inaccurate" and that it didn't comply with the Court of Appeal of England and Wales's order. The company also includes a link to its updated statement, which is similar to the one that Apple placed inside U.K. newspapers yesterday. The new notice from Apple's website can be found at the bottom of this post.
Apple's original online statement, which was deemed "non-compliant" by the court of appeal, did include information about the judge's decision that some Galaxy Tab models don't copy the design of the iPad. However, it also made mention of the original judge's description of the Galaxy Tab models being "not as cool" as the iPad as well as Apple victories over Samsung in Germany and the U.S. This new statement must remain on Apple's site until December 14, something that I'm sure that the company isn't terribly thrilled about. Apple and Samsung are involved in many legal battles that the two companies are waging against one another, including one tiff here in the U.S. which will see them meet in early December for a hearing related to the trial verdict that was handed down in August.
"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."