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Apple amends Samsung apology after judge’s order

05 Nov 2012

Apple has amended the apology notice to Samsung on its website after it was ordered to do by a judge who was outraged their first attempt was so far wide of the mark.

Apple had been first ordered to post a notice on its website as part of a ruling in the High Court that found Samsung's Galaxy Tab device did not infringe on the design of the iPad. The notice was intended to ensure consumers were aware of the outcome.

However, the notice Apple posted was highly controversial, noting that although the case in the UK had found for Samsung, other locations including the US and Germany had found for Apple.

Samsung complained about this and judges agreed Apple had failed to perform as it was asked. Apple further angered the judges by having lawyer claim it would take 14 days to amend the text page of its website with the notice.

"I just can't believe the instructions you've been given. This is Apple. They cannot put something on their website?" said appeal's court judge Robin Jacob.

Apple was given 48 hours to amend the notice and this was carried out over the weekend, with the new notice a much shorter, simpler update.

Apple was also forced to publish a note explaining its first apology was insufficient.

"On 25 October 2012, Apple published a statement on its UK website in relation to Samsung's Galaxy tablet computers. That statement was inaccurate and did not comply with the order of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales," it said.

Apple placed this on its front page, but below the main section that appears so users only see it if they actively scroll down once on the website.

Samsung was contacted for comment on the new notice from Apple but had not responded at the time of publication.

Apple' print apologies on the case have also started appearing in national newspapers such as The Guardian too, in what is one of the most embarrassing episodes for the firm in its ongoing legal war with Samsung.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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