Apple acknowledged UK Court ruling over patent claims against Samsung

In compliance to UK’s Court of Appeals ruling issued last week, iPhone-maker Apple on Friday posted a notice of confession addressed to its fierce rival Samsung on its website, in line with their seemingly interminable legal patent battle over product scheme.

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The message says Samsung did not counterfeit Apple’s design with its Galaxy product lineups of tablets or smartphones. The notice link is accessible through the website, purposely written on minimal font size entitled “Samsung/Apple UK Judgment.” It is aligned on the terms of use, privacy and cookies policies at the bottom part of the page.

While the iPhone-maker failed to defeat Samsung in the UK clash, it managed to get the appeal court judges’ consent to put the acknowledgment on a discrete page instead on its homepage. That way it should stay “uncluttered.”

As stated in the court order, the link should remain in Apple’s website for one month.

Prior to posting an acknowledgment link on its website, the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ascertained that Samsung products including Galaxy 10.1, Tab 7.7 and Tab 8.9 do not impinge on Apple’s patented design for its iPad.

The judge wrote:

“The extreme simplicity of the Apple design is striking. The Galaxy Tabs however do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design.”

A UK court judge Sir Robin Jacob also emphasized in the ruling that Apple is only required to place a link titled “Samsung/Apple UK Judgment” on its website.

“All that need be added is a link entitled Samsung/Apple UK judgment. I think that would be appropriate and proportionate,” Mr. Jacob said.

Apple however emphasized at the end of the notice that it won the US and Germany courts’ favor on the same patent case filed against Samsung. The Cupertino-based tech firm accordingly concluded that its Korean opponent did engage in a biased race by replicating the iPad scheme on its Galaxy tablets.

Aside from posting a public acknowledgment, the American techno-giant is also obliged by the UK court to get rid of its ads in publications including those in Daily Mail, T3 magazine and Financial Times, to amend the negative impression that Samsung imitated its iPad structure.

This is not the first time the Cupertino tech-firm acknowledged accountability in public through official channels, press releases and even in infamous press conference earlier this year. If recalled, the Cupertino-based firm, thru CEO Tim Cook also has uttered public apology over its faulty Maps app.

Apple has litigated Samsung for allegedly infringing its product designs and patents in Germany, Japan, Australia, US and UK. The Korean company also countersued not only with patent and design complaints. Samsung has also appealed for lawful proceedings to assess on Apple’s conceivable abuse of position in the United States and Europe.

While busy dealing with these pressures, the Korean-based firm still managed to take the lead in the smartphone market worldwide. Earlier reports said the Korean firm had shipped twice as many smartphones as Apple did between July and October, amidst the latest series of court battles.

Source: PC Mag