Apple was ordered to post an apology on their UK web site saying that Samsung had not copied the iPad with their Galaxy Tab tablet. That decision had been appealed which Apple did lose. And Apple followed through with the court order in the UK, but did everything to make it seem difficult to find. As an example, we are showing the bottom half of the home page for Apple which shows a link to the court ordered apology. If you did not look very closely, you would completely miss the link. We have underlined it so that you get an idea of just how hard it is to see.
The courts have determined that Apple has not complied with the court order by making it very difficult to find. Apple has also been judged to have expanded the court ordered text. The Apple Home Page as well as the apology page do not meet the court requirements. The apology page has no logos on Apple related material on it. It is basically a blank page with text showing that Apple has tried to distance themselves from the post.
“I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this,” Judge Robin Jacob said today. “That is a plain breach of the order.”
The court has now ordered Apple to comply with the previous court order. That includes using the actual text as provided by the court with no alterations or additions to it. They are also been ordered to make the link prominent on the home page using three sentences to describe the link so that it is clearly understandable. The text from the court must be displayed in 11 point font.
All of this thrusts this whole thing back into the news again and is fantastic for Samsung. It again puts the focus on Apple for filing a patent infringement case that was not justified. It also improves Samsung’s reputation in the UK providing free press coverage to help them. Apple has been ordered to make changes within 48 hours which Apple has claimed they cannot complete that quickly. The court has indicated they do not believe that answer.
It seems that this is far from over.