As required by a UK court order, Apple updated their UK website within 48 hours. The web notice states that Samsung Galaxy tablets did not copy the design of the iPad.
Apple’s Revised Web Notice
At the bottom of the website, Apple’s statement is set in large front size. It tells visitors that their previous legal notice, published on October 25, was inaccurate and doesn’t comply with the ruling from Court of Appeal of England and Wales.
Just like its previous web notice, the statement is posted on a blank white page with no images, although links to judgments are included this time. It points out that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 doesn’t infringe Apple’s Community registered design No. 0000181607-0001. As stated on the revised statement:
On 9 July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (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. A copy of the full judgment of
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.
The new statement, which is set to have at least 11-point font, is required to remain on the front page of Apple’s UK website until December 14.
Breaching the Original Order
Prior to this, the company posted a web notice on their website, saying that the Samsung tablets did not infringe iPad’s design. However, it includes a quote from Judge Colin Birss, which says that the Android devices were “not as cool” as Apple’s.
It was also discovered that the statement and its placement on the page breaches the original order. Thus, the court ordered the Cupertino-based company last Thursday to revise it within 24 hours.
Aside from the web notice, Birss also ordered Apple to run advertisements on British magazines and news paper, declaring that Samsung did not infringe their iPad design. The web notice will remain for at least six months, while other ads would be taken out in different print publications. The latter would be a consolation for the “damaging impression” that the iPad maker has caused the South Korean tech giant.