Apple posts “Samsung didn’t copy the iPad” notice on UK site

By , Oct 26, 2012

A week ago, Apple tried appealing a recent ruling by the High Court in London that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab didn’t infringe on its design patents. As you may recall, this is the same case where the presiding Judge ordered Apple to run advertisements stating that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad.

Well, Apple lost that appeal. And this morning, it made good on its orders by posting a notice on the ruling to its UK website…

From the posting:

“On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple’s registered design No. 0000181607-0001.”

Then, Apple gets a little cheeky, quoting the Judge on how consumers can’t confuse the Galaxy Tab with the iPad because “they’re not as cool.”

“The informed user’s overall impression of each of the Samsung Galaxy Tablets is the following. From the front they belong to the family which includes the Apple design; but the Samsung products are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back. They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool.”

Apple also points out some of its recent victories where Samsung was found to be guilty of patent infringement, including the recent US trial in which it was awarded $1B in damages.

There’s a hyperlink to this posting located at the bottom of Apple’s UK home page, and it must remain there for one month. Apple also has to run the notice in British publications.

Thoughts?

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  • Glen Jeong

    funny..lol

  • http://twitter.com/rashadnoor2005 R N

    lol those cheeky buggers.

  • munaem

    yes funny apple is right the iPad is way cooler than the TAB !

    • http://twitter.com/Pitchy Pitchy

      Such a shallow world we live in where people will buy something in hopes that it makes them appear cool.

    • Kurt

      i would trade my ipad for a galaxy tab….but i really want the microsoft surface. ipad,iphone,pod touch, with there 2007 design…meh

  • Simonas Narbutas

    With that kind of behavior Apple just making fun of itself… Once people will realize that “everythingisaremix (dot) info” and stop that nonsense with banning each other from evolving because of some badly adapted patent system then we will start seeing again some fast progress.

    How can you trust or like somebody who in the beginning says:
    Steve Jobs: “Good artists copy great artists steal”

    and now going after everybody who benefits of being similar. Once TV got invented and accepted by audience everyone started to manufacture TV’s(different size, different screen quality although still squared box with some show inside of it). Millions of examples when somebody invents something and everyone make their own interpretations and try to evolve it in a better way.

    • http://www.facebook.com/xxLIUZHENYUxx Liu Zhenyu

      Why are u using such an unoriginal quote? This exhibits your lack of understanding. A product is like a painting, mixture of different ideas, like brush type, canvas, paint, etc. these are ideas where others can ‘steal’. But not the painting itself, meanig not any part of the painting. I am in a rush so i cannot explain this thorougly, but after some thinking u get the point. You have interpreted Steves’ point wrongly.

      • http://twitter.com/Pitchy Pitchy

        So why is OK for Apple to paint but not Samsung?

  • Tr1pTr0p

    Oh dear Apple… Better take some ibuprofen for the burns.

  • iFuture

    Kindergarten

  • http://twitter.com/Rirath Rirath

    Well played Apple, well played.

  • ishaluka

    One more sentence in the original text:

    “… They are not as cool. The overall impression produced is different.”

    It seems to me that the point is not how cool but how different they are.

    In the next paragraph, the appeal court judge says:

    ” If the registered design has a scope as wide as Apple
    contends it would foreclose much of the market for tablet computers.
    Alterations in thickness, curvature of the sides, embellishment and so
    on would not escape its grasp. Legitimate competition by different
    designs would be stifled.”

    Thoughts?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    but samsung did copy the ipad.. the made a crappy copy lol

  • marco1993

    i like how apple put the whole thing at the very bottom of the page so no one will even bother to go there