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.