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Apple’s UK Sites Comply with Court Ruling

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After losing its appeal against Samsung in iPad Patent Violation case in the United Kingdom, Apple started to comply with the court ruling. The company started updating its regional website, stating that the Korean tech company did not infringe its patented iPad design. It also included the judge’s determination that Samsung devices are “not as cool.”

The “Samsung/Apple UK Judgement”

As ordered by a U.K. judge, Apple posted a link at the footer of its website titled as “Samsung/Apple UK Judgement.”

The company’s statement is posted on a blank page, without any links, logos, or other information. Basically, the text lets visitors know that the High Court of Justice in England and Wales ruled that a number of Samsung devices did not infringe Apple’s design patent No. 0000181607-0001.

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 don not infringe Apple’s registered design No. 0000181607-0001.

It goes on to say the important points made by the judge while comparing the respective products of each company. The judge said that Apple’s iPad “is an understated, smooth, and simple product,” while Samsung devices Samsung devices appears to be members of an insubstantial product lineup.

They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool.

Failed Court Appeal

The previous statement came from a ruling by Judge Colin Birss after he discovered that the Galaxy tabs were distinctive from iPad. In relation to this, the Cupertino-based company attempted to appeal the decision, but lost last week.

It’s not about whether Samsung copied Apple’s iPad. Infringement of a registered design does not involve any question on whether there was copying. The issue is simply whether the design is too close to the registered according to the tests laid down in the law.

Moreover, Birss ordered Apple to run the advertisement on its U.K. website for at least six months. The company will post the notice in British magazines and newspapers as a consolation for the “damaging impression” that Samsung suffered as a result of the lawsuit.

The iPad maker argued that it will be giving free advertisement on Samsung and its products if it does that, but to no avail. Additionally, the previous ruling was handed down just a couple of hours after Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple’s request to seal its financial documents.

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