Apple's 'apology' to Samsung leaves U.K. judge "at loss"

Apple's 'apology' to Samsung leaves U.K. judge
Apple might have won some cases against Samsung in the United States, but when it comes to the UK, that is not the case. Apple lost the case as the judge decided that Samsung did not copy the iPad in its tablets, and a couple of weeks ago the company from Cupertino was ordered to put out a notice on its website that would make it clear that Samsung did not copy.

What followed was quite funny for a company the size of Apple. The notice that ended up on the website contained more references to court decisions outside the case. Overall, the message was so diluted it felt like Apple played a joke on the UK judicial system.

Now, the U.K. Court of Appeal in London reacts and it is clearly unhappy with the “untrue” and “incorrect” notice Apple posted.

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.”

The U.K. Court of Appeal ordered Apple to take down the statement within 24 hours and replace it with a new notice that would take into account the earlier incorrect comments.

Funnily, Apple requested 14 days to make those changes on its own website. That request was rejected. You can check out the original notice Apple posted on its web page below.

source: Bloomberg

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1. timtimity

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

Totally expected.

11. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Pretty clear that the judge was holding the order incorrectly!

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

More like reading it incorrectly. There has always been differences in English as practiced in the U.S. and elsewhere. Now, there is Apple-English in addition to U.S. English.

14. MeoCao unregistered

Apple asks for 14 days to compose the apology, I think they need more than that to find a way to cheat the judges without being caught. But I don't think they can escape without getting wet. Be honest Apple, this is in your interests, what can be more simpler than this: "SS, you do not copy us and we are very sory for our false accusation. We promise never do that again - Tim Cook Apple CEO signed"

68. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

In the words of Judge Dredd - "The Law? I am the Law!" Sounds like Apple are taking that approach. They should seriously watch themselves...

82. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Apple frequently attempted to twist logic into their own fantasy. Clearly, not everyone buys in to that sort of bs.

62. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Apple is totally f**ked up now.

2. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

This is both embarassing & shameful...

17. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

If Apple had shame, it would indeed be shameful. Pathetic, they took a legal decision against them and shaped it into a sales pitch??? WTF???

3. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Next time Judge, be careful what you say in front of Apple lawyers.

10. No_Nonsense unregistered

Yeah, because upholders of the law should be scared of Apple who can't seem to follow a a simple order.

65. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I was referring to the fact Apple used a direct quote from the judge and used it in their "apology" towards Samsung. I bet the judge is more upset that what he said was used in a public apology that made him look like an Apple fan.

70. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree with this. Also, the judge shoulda worded what the the apology shoulda said or the context of it, if he could. I know he didnt expect Apple to still put Samsung down in the apology.

84. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

how bout u STOP PROTECTING a company WHO OVER CHARGE their consumers with over price accessories and BANNING the COMPETITION plus u DON'T even get a cent for not even working for Apple

4. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

hehe...Apple like a kid and who are they trying to fool. 2 weeks for a excuse statement on a webpage? Make them pay Samsung 10 million US dollar each hour they delayed it and see if it really takes 2 weeks to do it.

7. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Samsung would probably say forget everything if they could get their 1 billion dollars (and some change) back.

19. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

they still have yet to appeal, and with the current development of things they might actually win the case

92. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

fat chance

93. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Yeah I though the appeal was looking bad but man seems there will be a case for some time.... hope Samsung gets better lawyers this time

5. husfus

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Once Newton sat under an apple tree . . . .

6. Savage unregistered

This had to happen. Their apology was directed to poke fun at Samsung rather than say sorry and make amends. Glad that the world won't stand up to their BS, how much ever money they own.

8. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

This shows how mature Apple is...

55. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Shows how biased and ignorant the judge is.

56. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Or maybe how biased and ignorant you are? Did you read the "apology" that Apple wrote? The judge asked for a statement that explained that Samsung did NOT copy Apple. What did Apple write? A statement that says that Samsung did copy Apple, but the UK court doesn't think so.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

This is UK, not you'r States where money and bribery works, UK is justice. Patent thieves rotten Apple, greedy Exerox from others and claim its theres and they are inventing, innovating! My foot. if any one calls me those nasty degrading lowlife names, what Others call Apple users, i would kick off; and never see my self using Apple products.

81. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

ditto to you.

85. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

SHOWS HOW BIASED JUDGE KOH and rest of u iFans are

9. bart7773

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 04, 2009

Yet unfortunate... They could have taken the opportunity to fulfill in a mature and professional manner. Instead, I feel like it's my son saying "well you didn't say I couldn't"

12. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Finally the world (some of the world) starting to see this company for what it's truly is, Arrogant-Narcissistic A-hole. This appeal court need to be just as immature, and over turn 98% of the ruling they gave Apple.

13. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Not sure what the court is referring to when they refer to incorrect statements. The judge did make those comments. The links are correct, the other rulings did happen. And the statement did state that Samsung did copy. I'm sure I'll get thumbed down to hell for this, but apple told the truth, even used the judges words to do so. Clever, yes. The best way to handle it? No.

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