UK Court of Appeal tells Apple off & to fix those “untrue” and “incorrect” notices
Yesterday the UK Courts basically showed Apple Inc they would take no nonsense.
The courts were referring to compliance with their court order on publishing notices that were intended to correct the perception Apple had created that Samsung copied the design of the iPad.
You may recall that in the UK, Apple lost the case where they accused Samsung of copying the design of the iPad. As part of the judgement, the UK courts ordered Apple to post a notice on their website and take out newspaper ads where Apple was to acknowledge that Samsung in fact did not copy the design of the iPad.
Subsequently, Apple sought to comply with the order by printing notices to that effect but including four paragraphs that included references to the “cool” comment as well as details of other cases in other countries where Apple had so far been more successful in their accusations.
As reported by Bloomberg, the UK court of Appeal found the notice posted by Apple to be “untrue” and “incorrect”. Further, Judge Robin Jacob made a couple of interesting statements:
I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this.
This is a plain breach of the order.
Despite the claims of an impossible turnaround time by Apple’s lawyer, Apple has been ordered to remove the original notice and replace it with a notice acknowledging the original notice’s inaccurate comments within 48 hours.
Judge Jacob reportedly made a couple of other statements:
I would like to see the head of Apple make an affidavit setting out the technical difficulties which means Apple can’t put this on [their website]
I just can’t believe the instructions you’ve been given. This is Apple. They cannot put something on their website?
Sounds like Apple may have made more than just Android vendors angry this time round. I know these statements made me think that Judge Jacob thought Apple was disrespecting the court yet again.
Maybe this will teach them to respect the UK Court system more. What do you think?