Apple amends Samsung statement after court ruling



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5 November 2012 | 0

Apple has updated the statement about Samsung on its UK website to comply with a court ruling on Thursday.

There is now a more detailed explanation of the existence of the statement on the home page of the Apple UK website, and it links to a page where two paragraphs of text explain the ruling.

Thursday morning saw three judges ruled that Apple must rewrite the statement it posted on its website about Samsung. Apple was given 48 hours to do so. The original statement was described as "non-compliant" with the original court order. At issue was Apple’s addition of details from other court cases in the US relating to other patents where courts had found against Samsung. Regarding Apple’s initial attempt at publishing the statement, one of the judges labeled it "a plain breach of the order".

The previous statement was linked to from the words Samsung/Apple UK Judgement on the front page of Apple’s UK site. The statement now features more prominently on the home page of the UK site, although users must scroll down the page to view it.




According to the initial ruling, the statement was supposed to remain on the front page of the Apple website until 14 December.

On Thursday, Apple asked for 14 days to rewrite the statement but the judge said he "cannot believe" it would take so long.

Apple also took out an adverts on page 5 of The Guardian to comply with the ruling. The advertisement featured the same text as appears on Apple’s website and stated that on 9 July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computers, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple’s Community registered design No. 0000181607-0001.

The statement also includes a note that the Judgement "has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales on 18 October 2012. It adds that "there is no injunction in respect of the Community registered design in force anywhere in Europe."

Apple is also supposed to take advertisements out in the Financial Times, Daily Mail, T3 magazine and Mobile magazine.

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