Apple publishes “Samsung didn’t copy iPad” statement (but points out not everyone agrees)

October 26, 2012
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Apple has followed court orders and publicly published acknowledgement of a UK court ruling that Samsung did not copy the iPad, though there's a sting in the tail. The statement - which is linked from the Apple UK homepage, but you may have to hunt a little to find it since it's buried right down at the footer - sticks to the court-mandated minimum font size, but also takes the opportunity to remind readers that courts elsewhere in the world thought differently.

"While the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement," Apple's statement reads, "other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple's far more popular iPad." It references the German ruling as well as the recent US jury decision which awarded Apple over $1bn in damages from Samsung.

Apple lost its appeal in the UK against the pro-Samsung judgement earlier this month, having argued that the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9, and Tab 7.7 were too similar in design to its iPad. The company's statement also makes use of the judge's final summary, in which he describes Apple's iPad as "a cool design" and dismisses Samsung's rival slates as "not as cool."

In all, it's probably not quite what Samsung was hoping for, but it will certainly be widely spread. As well as appearing on Apple's site, the statement will also be published in various newspapers and magazines in the UK.

Samsung / Apple UK judgment

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. A copy of the full judgment of the High court is available on the following link www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Patents/2012/1882.html.

In the ruling, the judge made several important points comparing the designs of the Apple and Samsung products:

"The extreme simplicity of the Apple design is striking. Overall it 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 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."

That Judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal on 18 October 2012. A copy of the Court of Appeal’s judgment is available on the following link www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2012/1339.html. There is no injunction in respect of the registered design in force anywhere in Europe.

However, in a case tried in Germany regarding the same patent, the court found that Samsung engaged in unfair competition by copying the iPad design. A U.S. jury also found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's design and utility patents, awarding over one billion U.S. dollars in damages to Apple Inc. 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.

[via SlashGear]


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  • Anon for today

    I love this Story!

    My Apple Comments today in reflection of their lawsuits. Apples OS is in fact closer to a Unix and Linux system Then windows. . Android is based off of that Free Linux Unix design. So in many ways Apple has copied Linux, Unix and is the true copycat not Samsung!

    • Tony Willis

      is like the smartest thing i have heard in awhile Relating to this nonsense. Steve jobs would have just innovated something new for 2012 .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=108700350 David Cornish

    Seems like sour grapes from Apple to me. All they had to do was say that Samsung didn’t copy Apple, all the other crap was unnecessary.

    • SebaKL

      But they couldn’t. Not with the ego of an Empire State building and that childish attitude they so frequently display. They sure must have last word.

  • http://twitter.com/ogman ogman

    Didn’t the US jury say that Samsung did NOT copy the iPad? Seems like Apple got away with stretching the truth here.

  • Tomid

    This is the sort of thing that makes me want to avoid Apple. Even if their products are better and cheaper, I hate this lawsuit generation (it’s like they only do it give their lawyers something to do). Sure, it gets them in the news (maybe they are secretly in cahoots with Samsung about this!), but for me at least there is such a thing as bad publicity. Apple are great at that. Similar reasons led me to choose AMD over Intel when I built a computer several years ago. They have a similarly petty, and pitiful, relationship with each other, and back then at least, Intel were the bad guys.