Apple Ordered to Rewrite Samsung Statement
Apple has been given 48 hours by UK judges to rewrite a statement published on its website concerning its patent dispute with Samsung. The Cupertino firm was ordered on 18th October to clarify that Samsung has not infringed the iPad's registered design. But all is far from well. Samsung recently complained that Apple's statement did not conform with the court order, a sentiment which earned a nod from the UK judges as well. They've given Apple 24 hours to remove the controversial text and replace it with a new compliant version.
Apple, however, has denied the non-compliance complaint. Micheal Beloff QC, who represented Apple, told judges that the "company thought that it had complied with the court order". "It's not designed to punish. It's not designed to make us grovel. The only purpose must be to dispel commercial uncertainty", said Beloff. According to BBC's report, Beloff requested for a 14-day grace to post a replacement, but it was firmly denied by the law makers. In response to Apple's appeal, Lord Justice Longmore told the Apple representative: "We are just amazed that you cannot put the right notice up at the same time as you take the other one down".
Sir Robin Jacob, another one of the judges who presided over the hearing, added that he would like to see the head of Apple (in reference to Tim Cook) make an affidavit about why that is such a technical difficulty for the Apple company. From Samsung's point of view, the initial statement posted by Apple was "inaccurate and misleading" for it added comments about other rulings in Germany and the States which went in Apple's favor.
"This has received enormous publicity and has perpetuated confusion as to Samsung's entitlement to market the Galaxy tablet computers in issue," stated a Samsung lawyer in a written statement to the judges. "It has created the impression that the UK court is out of step with other courts". For that matter, UK's ruling will apply to the entire EU.