Remember when Apple and Samsung went at it in the UK courts and the UK judge deemed that Samsung didn’t copy Apple because the Galaxy Tab wasn’t as Cool as the iPad? Then the same judge said that Apple had to take out print ads and update its UK website with the ruling letting people know that Samsung didn’t copy Apple? Well that day is here and the statement is live on their site!
BUT it reads like it was crafted by a small army of lawyers, and spends more time driving home the point that the judge thought Apple’s products were cooler and more elegant. Fair enough. However, Apple fires back in the final paragraph, where it draws attention to a more successful court case elsewhere in Europe.
“So while the U.K. Court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple’s far more popular iPad.”
Not exactly what Samsung or the court was hoping for. The judge indicated that in forcing Apple to post such a statement, his intention was to “correct” the copycat label that had been applied to Samsung. The final paragraph only serves to muddy things further, by suggesting that while Samsung didn’t copy the iPad, it totally copied the iPad. Link to the full statement here is on the Apple website.