Apple's U.K. 'Apology' to Samsung Is Missing the Remorse
In what sounds like an elementary-school punishment, Apple has followed through on a mandate from a United Kingdom court to post a public apology to Samsung. The public notice says Samsung didn't infringe on its intellectual property with its Galaxy tablets and smartphones.
Apple responded, but was somewhat defiant. The iPad-maker published a notice, but it was less of an apology and more of an acknowledgment of what the judge ruled. The High Court of Justice in England and Wales decided that the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe on Apple's iPad design patent.
Apple posted a notice that acknowledged the court ruled in Samsung's favor on July 9 and linked to the case. Apple also noted that in the ruling, the judge made "several important points" comparing the designs of the Apple and Samsung products. Apple then outlined those points:
"Overall [the design] has undecorated flat surfaces with a plate of glass on the front all the way out to a very thin rim and a blank back. There is a crisp edge around the rim and a combination of curves, both at the corners and the sides. The design looks like an object the informed user would want to pick up and hold. It is an understated, smooth and simple product. It is a cool design," the judge wrote of Apple's iPad.
"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 noted that...
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