November 02, 2012 11:46
A U.K. court has ordered Apple to repost a message on its website saying that rival Samsung Electronics did not copy its patented designs. According to the Guardian newspaper, a London appeal court ruled on Thursday that Apple included "incorrect" and "untrue" information in a message that was supposed to acknowledge the original court ruling that Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet PCs do not infringe the design of the iPad.
The Court of Appeal ordered Apple to make the corrections within 48 hours.
In July this year, the High Court ruled that the Galaxy Tab does not infringe the design of the iPad and ordered Apple to post messages on its official U.K. website, as well as in newspapers and magazines acknowledging the ruling. An appeals court made the same ruling on Sept. 18.
On Oct. 25, Apple did post a message on its U.K. website acknowledging the court ruling, but quoted a judge who said the Galaxy Tab's design was not "cool" enough to be mistaken for an iPad.
Apple also inserted sentences saying that courts in the U.S., Germany and other countries ruled that Samsung did infringe on the design of the iPad, making it appear as if the British court's ruling was erroneous. Apple also failed to post the message in newspapers and magazines as ordered.
"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."
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