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Thursday, 01 November 2012 19:52

The UK Court is Not Happy With Apple's Public Statement, Gives Them 24 Hours to Fix It

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Last week we ran an article about the way that Apple chose to comply with an order from a UK judge to set the record straight about their continuous claims that Samsung copied Apple with their Tab line of products. Although many read this as an order to apologize for slandering Samsung Apple did not see it that way and chose instead to only acknowledge the fact that the UK High Court had ruled that Samsung was not guilty of infringement and then followed that up with more claims that Samsung’s Tab Copied the iPad including a misleading statement that Samsung was found guilty in the US for this.

The statement got back to the UK Court of Appeal, because Samsung informed them of this, and now Judge Robin Jacob is rather upset with Apple for what she called a “plain breach of the order”. One of the most commonly quoted statements is: “I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this”. Now Apple has 24 hours to correct the statement and put up a proper statement in line with the Court’s order. In typical Apple fashion Apple is claiming that 24 hours is far too little time and say that they cannot replace the page for two weeks. I do not know about you, but as someone that has built more than one website (even load balanced and cached ones) you can do a lot in 24 hours.

Apparently Judge Jacob feels the same way and does not buy into Apple’s claims that technical difficulties are preventing them from complying with the order. Judge Jacob has ordered: “the head of Apple make an affidavit setting out the technical difficulties which means Apple can’t put this on their website” We have to agree Apple is all about image and they can certainly remove posts from their forum quickly enough and when needed they can put up new products overnight, but they cannot correct an inaccurate statement?

Of course there is more to this than just being a misleading (false) statement, reading over the original statement on Apple’s UK site it is clear they were attempting to insult the UK judges and their ruling. Apple did this intentionally in order to maintain their claims that Samsung has copied them from the start, with the Tab and other products. The fact that the UK (and even the jury in the US) found that the Tab did not copy Apple does not appear to be of importance. Apple is all about image and right now that image is slipping along with their stock prices, having to publish a statement that correctly reveals that Apple’s claims of copying are false would be even more damaging to them at a time when their image is already crumbling and the competition is heating up from more than just Samsung.  Tell us your thoughts about Apple’s attempt to undermine the UK Court’s order in our Forum

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