Apple’s Samsung-didn’t-copy-us statement goes live, contains much cheekiness

Apple’s Samsung-didn’t-copy-us statement goes live, contains much cheekinessUK Judge Colin Birss made headlines – and a fair few fans, we imagine – back in July this year, when he ruled not only that Samsung didn’t rip off Apple, but that the Californians should issue a public statement absolving the South Koreans. Absolutely fantastic.

Needless to say Apple appealed the decision, and it looked like they might manage to wriggle out of it at one point, but the statement has now gone live. Hooray!

Head over to Apple UK then scroll to the bottom and you’ll find a little link for Samsung/Apple UK Judgement.

Amusingly, while Apple presumably meets the requirements of the ruling in acknowledging that Samsung is ultimately innocent, the Californians still manage to throw in a few cheeky digs.

For example, Apple notes that the judge observed: “The [iPad] 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."

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Tabs “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool."

Ah, so that’s why the judge ruled in Samsung’s favour. Finally it all makes sense. Too bad, Samsung; it’s a bitter victory after all.

Apple also reiterates that Samsung has been found guilty of infringing on the same patent in Germany and the US. The statement ends: “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.”

Oh Apple, you cheeky devils.

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11 comments

Pondlife  Oct. 26, 2012 at 14:11

I think that wording could have the potential to get them in trouble in the courts.

ian2606  Oct. 26, 2012 at 14:20

It's things like this which make Apple (and other companies) look childish. Apple, Samsung, etc need to stop all this copying crap and just concentrate on making their gadgets etc better, put their money to better use than paying for lawyers etc.
And if another does copy, take it as a compliment and move on.....

drunken_prozac  Oct. 26, 2012 at 15:18

I think only companies who feel threatened put other products down, this shows that Apple are slowly losing grip on the market. Oh well :)

Stelph  Oct. 26, 2012 at 15:30

I think that wording could have the potential to get them in trouble in the courts.

I would have thought the wording would have been checked and approved by the Judge?

moonmonkey  Oct. 26, 2012 at 15:53

I think that wording could have the potential to get them in trouble in the courts.

I would have thought the wording would have been checked and approved by the Judge?

I hope the judge didn't approve that. It's more an advertisement than an apology!

Pondlife  Oct. 26, 2012 at 16:20

I think that wording could have the potential to get them in trouble in the courts.

I would have thought the wording would have been checked and approved by the Judge?


Doesn't look like it as that reads like other courts have got it right but this court and Judge didn't recognize (was too stupid to see) samsungs copying...

moonmonkey  Oct. 26, 2012 at 16:36

It's surprising Apple only mentioned Germany and their own backyard in the apology (sic). The numerous other who disagree with their studiditiy were not mentioned. The last time I bought an Apple was when I was buying stuff for a fruit salad the other day. I am a fruit free zone now. Sigh!

apcody  Oct. 26, 2012 at 17:35

The fact they had to do it was embarrassing enough.
Love the way they hid it at the bottom of the page could hardly be any smaller

moonmonkey  Oct. 26, 2012 at 17:39

The fact they had to do it was embarrassing enough.
Love the way they hid it at the bottom of the page could hardly be any smaller


I hope they get punished for that. Even the folks on Engadget agree!

Rolacola24  Oct. 26, 2012 at 21:38

Here's the first draft [mod eit: no shortened URL, please. And this one was sloppily edited, also. No harm. Otherwise: Welcome :) ]

parabolica  Oct. 27, 2012 at 04:59

Apple should spend some money actually inventing some hardware.

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