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Apple ordered to fix UK website notice

A notice of legal judgment posted by Apple on its U.K. website must be removed within 24 hours and replaced, Bloomberg reports. The court-ordered public “apology” from Apple to Samsung makes reference to Apple’s “cool” and “far more popular” iPad in comparison to the Galaxy tablet. U.K. judges criticized Apple’s notice as “untrue” and “incorrect,” and Samsung suggested that Apple’s reference to other courts’ decisions in similar cases was undermining the U.K. court’s authority. “I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this,” Judge Robin Jacob said. “That is a plain breach of the order.”

Apple lawyer Michael Beloff argued the notice’s “only purpose is to dispel commercial uncertainty,” not to punish or make Apple “grovel.” The company was required to post the notice after losing an appeal ruling to Samsung over tablet design infringement. An updated notice must acknowledge Apple’s inaccurate comments.

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The Beloff comment is pretty funny and so stereotypical for a big money lawyer. What Apple posted, if you didn’t already know it was supposed to be a court ordered punishment, read like every other PR press release Apple has ever released.

Pretty sure there’s a middle ground between twisting a judgment against you into a gloating, snarky bit of tooting your own horn and groveling.

How about something like,

“Although Apple continues to believe otherwise, the U.K. courts have ruled conclusively that Samsung did not infringe upon Apple’s design patents with the Samsung Galaxy line of tablets.”

Simple, to the point, and complies with the order without being a giant richard.

Posted by Code Monkey on November 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM (CDT)


The judge must have stock in Samsung! Where do these judges get off making rules that they are not qualified to do so?

Posted by dennis on November 1, 2012 at 11:11 AM (CDT)


Judge is a idiot who say that. I think he’s not fit to be a judge. I dont think what apple say is wrong and the judge himself say samsung is not cool and wat authority can the judge say cannot. Make it to world judge to decide. UK judge bottomline is not qualify and piece of crap. SACK OFF

Posted by crap on November 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM (CDT)


crap,nice name and beautifully expressed thoughts and reasoned arguments.What ever you think of the judge for coming to his decision it was pretty stupid of Apple to be so obviously provocative.Apple deserve this and did not invent the rectangle…and watch Judge Lucy Koh’s judgement be overturned in the states

Posted by snick on November 1, 2012 at 1:52 PM (CDT)


While I agree that Apple is simply “poking the bear” here, I do find it very amusing.

And I would like to hear the rationale behind the judge’s statement of “‘untrue’ and ‘incorrect’”. Are hearings not made public record in the U.K.? If they are, it should be easy enough to find the court record and prove that a judge made these statements.

Posted by Mitch on November 1, 2012 at 3:09 PM (CDT)


@2: The judges “get off” on doing this because that’s their job. If you’re going to accuse someone on doing something in civil court and you lose, you have to publicly state you were wrong every single time. Apple is not being singled out. Apple brought the suits, Apple lost, Apple has to apologize and make clear they were wrong. The U.K. is brilliant for this and I wish it worked like that in the U.S..

@5: I don’t think it’s so much that the judge didn’t say the lines quoted in the press piece but rather how they were lifted out of context to give an impression that was not true. The statement was supposed to say that Apple was wrong in accusing Samsung of violating their design patents, full stop. What Apple released basically said, “Judges around the world agree our stuff is better than Samsung’s”.

Posted by Code Monkey on November 1, 2012 at 7:22 PM (CDT)


“It may be at the forefront of technology, but Apple told a court yesterday it would take two weeks to change a notice on it’s website.
Reacting with astonishment, judges questioned why the technology giant was not able to react a little more swiftly.
One judge suggested that Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, ought to make a statement setting out the “technical difficulty” facing the American firm.
They were sitting in the Court Of Appeal in London, hearing details of a patent dispute between Apple and Samsung.
Apple had been instructed by judges to publish a statement acknowledging that it had lost an earlier legal fight with Samsung.
The two firms returned to court after Samsung complained that the notice Apple posted did not comply with the court order and it should be altered.
A lawyer representing Apple said the firm could take a notice off it’s website in 24 hours but asked for 14 days to post a replacement.
Lord Justice Longmore told Michael Beloff QC: “We are just amazed that you cannot put the right notice up at the same time as you take the other one down.”
And Sir Robin Jacob added: “I would like to see the head of Apple make an affidavit about why that is such a technical difficulty for the Apple company.”
He told Mr Beloff: “I don’t believe the instructions you have been given. This is Apple that cannot put something on their own website?”
They said Apple should post the notice within 48 hours.”
Shane Richmond - Daily Telegraph

Posted by Bob Levens on November 2, 2012 at 3:20 PM (CDT)

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