If you visit Apple’s UK splash-page and look really close, you might be able to spot a link at the bottom labeled Samsung/Apple UK Judgment.
Clicking on it will take to you the latest in a series of Apple’s apologies – this one mandated by a UK judge, to punish Apple for publicly alleging that Samsung infringed Apple patents the UK court later ruled it hadn’t.
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 not infringe Apple’s registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of the High court is available on the following link www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Patents/2012/1882.html.
Now, we should note that the press trend of referring to Apple’s court-mandated disclosure as an “apology” may have been a bit misleading (guilty). The above paragraph and its link to the court’s ruling brings Apple into compliance with the letter of the law. Additional apologetic language would just be extra.
As the statement continues, though, it becomes clear that an apology is the farthest thing from Apple’s mind:
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.”
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