Apple Ordered To Remove “Incorrect” Samsung Apology From Its UK Website

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Last week, Apple posted “Samsung didn’t copy iPad” apology notice on its UK website. But instead of just acknowledging the judgement, Apple unleashed a scathing attack on Samsung by highlighting the comments made by the judge while comparing Apple and Samsung products and pointing out that a German court had found that Samsung engaged in unfair competition by copying the iPad design while ruling on the same patent. 

Not surprisingly, this hasn’t gone too well with the U.K. appeal judges, who have now ordered Apple to remove the “incorrect” apology notice from its UK website within 24 hours, according to a report on Bloomberg.

The U.K. Court of Appeal in London ordered Apple to remove the statement within 24 hours and place a new notice acknowledging the inaccurate comments.

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

Apple’s lawyer, Michael Beloff, insisted that the notice posted by Apple was in accordance with the original order.

The notice “is not designed to punish, it is not designed to makes us grovel,” Michael Beloff, a lawyer for Apple, said in court today. “The only purpose is to dispel commercial uncertainty.” 

Bloomberg also reports that the U.K. appeal judges want the changes to be made immediately and rejected Apple’s request to make changes in 15 days.

“I would like to see the head of Apple make an affidavit setting out the technical difficulties which means Apple can’t put this on” their site, Jacob said. “I just can’t believe the instructions you’ve been given. This is Apple. They cannot put something on their website?”  

As we had mentioned last week, the notice didn’t seem like an apology and the UK appeal judges have quite rightly called their bluff.

[via Bloomberg]

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  • Bojan Djordjevic

    That apology thing is whole lots of crap. Why would they apologize for something that they aren’t guilty of?


    i completely agree with you, it’s blatantly clear samsung has copied apple in most every way, this is only dealing with one product, look at their retail stores, other laptops and devices, even their chargers, what happened to that?

    • Alex

      Hardly, a black rectangle with curved edges and a screen… yeah this was designed long before apple came allong.

      Apple’s best days are behind it, rather than outperforming Samsung it is simply litigating.. trying to throttle the competition. The sales of the I-phone 5 sold significantly less than apples own ‘worst case scenario’.

      • Joe

        Actually, it’s outperforming and litigating.

        • Alex

          Nope, it’s just litigating. (As the I-Phone 5 has clearly demonstrated.)

          Apple are under performing and litigating. They haven’t outperformed their major rivals in sometime.

  • AT&T Rapes Me

    They’ll have another clever way of telling Samsung to F— off in the next 24hrs

    • Alex

      If they do then the court will again order them to change it. Apple don’t have a choice, they have to comply with the court’s ruling.

      All the while, the very fact that Apple has to post this apology to samsung is making headlines across the world, making this court ruling and humiliation for apple all the more public. If apple is clever, they’ll post a compliant message in 24 hours, so that the story can die away sooner rather than later.

      • AT&T Rapes Me

        Are you serious? Samsung is not all that good. And even worse at copying. Apple was smart enough to patent the idea. You’re an idiot

        • iPhone 4

          Smart enough to patent the idea that Samsung was ruled not to infringe on by more than one court. And the Germany case hasn’t even gone to court yet. There was just a preliminary injunction which does not mean infringement. Some of Samsung mobile devices do look similar to Apple’s but it is possible to differentiate the two. And no company is “good’ even Apple. In my opinion they are both just as bad but Apple are less obvious.

        • Alex

          Huh? What are you even talking about… you should consider your own idiocy.

          I haven’t actually expressed an opinion on Samsung, Apple, the merits of the ruling or whether I agree with it or not. I am simply stating facts, which are clearly too much for you.

        • Andy Nicholson

          I have a rather different opinion of what the term idiot refers to.

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  • shocked

    How one government can say it’s a copy and another can say we don’t agree and you now have to apologize seams like total B.S. If I was Apple I’d have a clear apology noted “as required by the U.K.” but then have another page with details of all the cases Apple won.

  • Po Wah

    Apple’s fanbois will go nuts and rage hahahahahahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhahahahahahahahahaha