The patent war between Apple and Samsung is in the news, again, as usual. But this time, Apple is the company which is looking bad, for what it did with the court’s order to publish a piece of text on the Cupertino tech giant’s UK website. The UK Court of Appeals that order Apple to publish a report on its UK website saying that Samsung did not really infringe any of its patents or registered designs in the designing and manufacturing of its Galaxy line of tablets. But Apple did not really do that. And then the court again ordered the company to change that text to what it really should have been.
The lawyers representing the Cupertino tech giant said that the company will need at least two weeks of time to change the text, the font and all, according to what the court had said. They did not realize that they are representing one of the biggest tech firms in the world which will have enough resources to change the text and font one of its many websites. The court gave the tech firm “just” 48 hours for this. Now, the new statement is up.
Apple is to be considered lucky, even after this, because the UK Court of Appeals let the company put up this statement at the footer of its UK website home page, instead at the center of the homepage. The people over at Apple might have thought that the holiday season is right around the corner, and it would be better if the company got over with this headache. But will this statement affect the sales of its new iPhone 5, the new iPad Mini, and the new fourth generation iPad? Well, it is hard to say because the statement will go unnoticed by many people as it is placed at the footer of the home page.
The new statement says:
Samsung / Apple UK judgment
the High Court is available from www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Patents/2012/1882.html.
That Judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales on 18 October 2012. A copy of the Court of Appeal’s judgment is available from www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2012/1339.html. There is no injunction in respect of the Community registered design in force anywhere in Europe.