Court Says UK Apology Mealy Mouthed, Demands Apple Pay Samsung's Legal Costs
Seems English courts didn't appreciate the cup load of snark added to court-ordered apologies as much as Apple's PR folks thought the rest of us would.
After two attempts to force Apple to publish, both online and in print publications, a narrowly defined apology, UK's appellate court system has now ruled that Apple will have to pay Samsung's legal costs from its original patent fight.
In an October 18th ruling, UK courts stated that Apple had lost its lawsuit against Samsung Electronics over alleged patent infringement with regard to patents held that were used in Apple devices, including the iPad. In fact, the court went so far as to order a statement be placed on Apple's website and in print media stating explicitly that specifically Samsung's Galaxy Tab had NOT copied Apple's designs - to avoid continued confusion over the verdict and the possibility that Samsung's sales would be hurt by those who believed an injunction was in place.
So what did the High Court order Apple to print as soon as possible?
On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that [Samsung'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 [link]
That Judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales on 18th October 2012. A copy of the Court of Appeal's judgment is available from [link]. There is no injunction in respect of the Community Registered Design in force anywhere in Europe.
The original order even allowed for Apple's freedom of expression:
Nothing in this Order shall prevent the Appellant from publishing any comment or information regarding the dispute between the parties in respect of the Samsung Galaxy Tablet computers in issue in this appeal.Continued on the next page