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British court: Apple must reissue apology to Samsung

A customer enters the world's largest Apple Store, on its opening day at Covent Garden in London in this Aug. 7, 2010 file photograph. (Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters)

A British judge said that Apple must correct a court-ordered statement on its Web site related to its ongoing intellectual property battle with Samsung.

The notice was supposed to provide clarity to consumers, noting that Samsung had not copied Apple’s intellectual property regarding the iPad. The statement Apple posted does say “the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple’s registered design” but then goes on to quote passages from British court documents including one that says Samsung tablets are “not as cool” as Apple’s.

It also notes that a German court did find Samsung guilty of infringement when dealing with the same patent.

According to a report from Bloomberg, one of the judges in the case said that the statement is a “plain breach of the order” and that the statements that indicate British courts are out of step with others in Europe are not true. The company has been ordered to remove the statement and put a new one in its place within 48 hours. A link to the notice must be in at least 11-point font.

In court, the report said, an Apple lawyer said that the company believes that the original statement is in line with the order and said that the notice is not intended to “punish” Apple but simply to dispel consumer confusion.

Apple declined to comment on the matter.

As the Guardian reported, Apple was also supposed to put a notice in several major newspapers and magazine, including the Guardian, Daily Mail, T3 magazine and Mobile magazine. Bloomberg reported that a notice ran in Thursday’s edition of the Financial Times.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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