When Apple issued their legally-mandated statement earlier this week, indicating that Samsung had not copied the iPad in the range of Android tablets, we were curious if the British High Court was actually pleased with the statement or not due to the tone and content of the message. In the statement from Apple that remains linked at apple.com/uk, the iPad creator — for some reason — included a mandatory part about the UK court ruling in Samsung’s favor, indicating that Samsung had not copied Apple’s tablet design. In addition to that, Apple has also made a reference to other cases that took place in the United States and Germany where they were successful in convincing the judges that Samsung’s designs were infringing on their patents. Here’s Apple’s statement on the website, I’m sure you can see why the British High Court isn’t happy: “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.”
Apple has also been ordered to take out their ads in a number of different leading UK newspapers. The fruits of this has yet to appear, so we’ll just have to wait and see what comes out of that.
With the British High Court not happy with Apple’s statement, three judges in the High Court have ruled Apple’s statement online as non-compliant with their order. That said, they have given the company a mere 48 hours to replace the statement on their website and also change the font to at the very least, 11 points in size. According to a report from The Guardian, Apple argued that it would take them at least 14 days to get a changed statement up and running, but this was rebuked by the judges right away.
Apple obviously could not make a very simple apology to Samsung. For some odd reason, they decided to give a half-way apology while indicating that they were forced to do this by the British High Court. While they were forced to do such a thing, Apple did start the lawsuit in the UK knowing that they may or may not lose. That said, should they not be prepared for such a thing? If Apple would have been respectful and just done as the court had told them to do, this could have gone very smoothly. Now the judges seem rather angry with the company as Apple makes themselves look like little children.
To be honest, this is probably one of the lowest things Apple could have ever done aside from suing a Polish deli.
You really would expect larger companies to at least have some form of respect, especially when it comes to dealing with a High Court and a much larger company like Samsung. Apparently not though. In fact, even Bloomberg has quoted Judge Robin Jacob saying, “I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this. […] That is a plain breach of the order.”