A UK judge recently ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab did not infringe on the design patent of Apple’s iPad. In the same judgment, the courts ruled that Apple must make a public apology to Samsung through posting on their website, as well as advertising in local papers. Last week, Apple finally posted their apology on the UK website. Samsung didn’t like it. Nor did the UK courts, which ordered Apple to try it again with more sincerity.
Yesterday, Bloomberg News reported that the UK Court of Appeal in London ordered Apple to remove the published statement within 24-hours and replace it with a new notice. The judges criticized Apple for posting information that was “incorrect” and “untrue” and told the iPad maker to include an acknowledgement of those inaccuracies in the new apology.
Additionally, Apple hid the apology deep in the recesses of the website where it was simply listed as a link. The UK courts told Apple to move the new notice to the front page of their website instead.
Apple’s original notice included the “coolness” ruling wherein a UK judge said that the Galaxy Tab’s design is not as cool as the iPad’s. Additionally, Apple included details from a German lawsuit about a similar issue that the UK judges said are not true.
As part of a new ruling by UK courts, Apple is required to add a paragraph to the notice on its homepage, acknowledging the “incorrect statement” with a link to the new notice.
Apple requested 14 days to make changes, which the courts denied. “I would like to see the head of Apple make an affidavit setting out the technical difficulties which means Apple can’t put this on their website,” Judge Robin Jacob told Reuters. “I just can’t believe the instructions you’ve been given. This is Apple. They cannot put something on their website?”
The Next Web has reported that, in today’s UK Guardian, Apple published its revised apology. For the most part, the notice is the same as the original, but does not include the sections that the UK judges deemed “untrue” or “incorrect.”
At this time, the revised apology is still not posted to Apple’s UK homepage.