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Apple UK Admits Samsung Didn't Copy the iPad (Sort of)

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Apple statement admits that a UK judge found Samsung not guilty of patent infringement but also references all the countries that sided with Apple.

About three months ago, Apple was handed a loss when a UK court ruled that Samsung hadn't copied the iPad in the production and design of its Galaxy Tab. The courts also ruled that Apple must publicly inform people that Samsung did not copy Apple's designs to correct any damaging impression people may have of Samsung as a result of the suit. Apple appealed that ruling, obviously, but lost last week and was once again told it had to publicly state Samsung's innocence on its UK website and in several other UK publications.

Today, Apple's statement showed up on its UK website. As you might expect, it's not exactly an apology, nor does it sing Samsung's innocence from the rooftops. Instead, Apple has published a very carefully worded statement that says, yes, Samsung was found not guilty in the UK, but also points out that the same cannot be said in other countries around the world. In addition, Cupertino also quoted the UK judge that said the Galaxy Tab was different from the iPad because it wasn't as cool. Ouch.

Check out the full statement below:

Samsung / Apple UK judgment

On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do notinfringe Apple’s registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of the Highcourt is available on the following link www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Patents/2012/1882.html.

In the ruling, the judge made several important points comparing the designs of the Apple and Samsung products:

"The extreme simplicity of the Apple design is striking. Overall it has undecorated flat surfaces with a plate of glass on the front all the way out to a very thin rim and a blank back. There is a crisp edge around the rim and a combination of curves, both at the corners and the sides. The design looks like an object the informed user would want to pick up and hold. It is an understated, smooth and simple product. It is a cool design."

"The informed user's overall impression of each of the Samsung Galaxy Tablets is the following. From the front they belong to the family which includes the Apple design; but the Samsung products are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back. They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool."

That Judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal on 18 October 2012. A copy of the Court of Appeal’s judgment is available on the following link www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2012/1339.html. There is no injunction in respect of the registered design in force anywhere in Europe.

However, in a case tried in Germany regarding the same patent, the court found that Samsung engaged in unfair competition by copying the iPad design. A U.S. jury also found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's design and utility patents, awarding over one billion U.S. dollars in damages to Apple Inc. So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple's far more popular iPad.

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    omnimodis78 , October 26, 2012 7:41 PM
    A sore loser's attempt at a mea culpa but without any tact, grace or honesty. I can see a dozen or so Apple lawyers and marketing directors writing draft after draft of this "apology" to make it as antagonistic as possible. Very unbecoming of a company that makes it a point to give the impression that it is the industry leader, but they can't even put out a professional and tactful statement admitting that they were wrong. Typical Apple Inc.
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    spectrablue , October 26, 2012 8:17 PM
    I would haul them in and hold them for contempt.. that was no apology.
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    unimatrixzero , October 26, 2012 8:52 PM
    It's funny how Apple only mentioned the two countries that they've won court battles in but neglect to mention the eight other countries they're losing in.
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  • 29 Hide
    omnimodis78 , October 26, 2012 7:41 PM
    A sore loser's attempt at a mea culpa but without any tact, grace or honesty. I can see a dozen or so Apple lawyers and marketing directors writing draft after draft of this "apology" to make it as antagonistic as possible. Very unbecoming of a company that makes it a point to give the impression that it is the industry leader, but they can't even put out a professional and tactful statement admitting that they were wrong. Typical Apple Inc.
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    spartanmk2 , October 26, 2012 7:42 PM
    Someone call the Waaaambulance :D 
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    chewy1963 , October 26, 2012 7:53 PM
    I was under the impression that Samsung had the right to vet Apple's apology? What happened to that?
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    freggo , October 26, 2012 7:57 PM
    Apple is just lucky that I am not that judge in the UK court :-)

    Loosing and that defying a court order... I'd teach them an expensive lesson!
    The kind that M$ may be facing in Europe over the Browser selection which they agreed on and then 'accidentally' fudged up.

    That sort of bull flies in the US market, but not in Europe.
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    demonhorde665 , October 26, 2012 8:05 PM
    i hate apple .... seem every one of their employees must have their heads so far up their own wazoo, that they got sued to and love how thier s--- stinks. I swear to god i'm never buying ANY apple products ever.
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    Anonymous , October 26, 2012 8:06 PM
    Apple is funny. If another company pulled this crap on them they will probably whine till no tomorrow.
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    tipoo , October 26, 2012 8:08 PM
    That was the Mean Girls of public acknowledgements. Yours looks worse, feels worse, plus we're cool and more popular.
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    Anonymous , October 26, 2012 8:15 PM
    So their apology is literally just "we're cooler than you"?
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    spectrablue , October 26, 2012 8:17 PM
    I would haul them in and hold them for contempt.. that was no apology.
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    unimatrixzero , October 26, 2012 8:52 PM
    It's funny how Apple only mentioned the two countries that they've won court battles in but neglect to mention the eight other countries they're losing in.
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    Shin-san , October 26, 2012 9:39 PM
    Geez. The smugness is overwhelming. I understand doing things using PR but that's a middle finger to Europe
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    cookoy , October 26, 2012 10:17 PM
    No apology. Only shameless self-promotion, rather antagonistic insult to the judge's ruling. Someone needs to be taught a lesson here.
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    slabbo , October 26, 2012 10:50 PM
    100 billion dollar fine might straighten apple up. That's just spitting in the face of the UK court.
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    tomfreak , October 27, 2012 2:00 AM
    no offense to Americans but the British judge are have more common sense.
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    TeraMedia , October 27, 2012 2:41 AM
    It would absolutely make my year if the CEO of apple were extradited to the UK to be held in contempt of court. Very simple: They were told to issue a public apology, and instead chose to issue a public insult.

    Quote:
    Mr. CEO, the buck stops with you. You can stay at our delightful accommodations as our mandatory guest until such time as your company issues an apology with which we are satisfied. If you aren't sure how to do that, I am fairly certain that Samsung would be willing to help you write one.
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    svdb , October 27, 2012 2:41 AM
    So next Apple will sue you just for being "cooler" or "as cool" as them... ;) 
    It's time someone throws the hammer at them.
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    svdb , October 27, 2012 2:50 AM
    Oh and by the way, Apple is a company which almost pays no taxes in its home country, thanks to the Double-Irish-with-Dutch-Sandwich scheme (look it up on Wikipedia), despite that it depends oh so much for its law suits on a justice system all paid for by law abiding tax payers (the rest of us).
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    Pinhedd , October 27, 2012 3:06 AM
    wow... Apple's asshole must be throbbing right now
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