A U.K. judge recently ruled that Apple must post a public statement on its website pointing to a ruling that said Samsung did not infringe on its patents. The company’s statement is now live, but it’s far from an apology… not that anyone was really expecting Apple to say it was sorry. The company points to several quotes that highlight the simplicity and “cool design” of the iPhone and iPad and even quotes the statements that Samsung’s products are “not as cool” as Apple’s.
The entire letter is basically a burn at Samsung, even though it does at least say there “is no injunction is respect of the registered design in force anywhere in Europe” and that the “Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple’s registered design No. 0000181607-09001.” Apple does take time to point out that Samsung’s products have been found to infringe on the patent in other areas.
“In a case tried in Germany regarding the same patent, the court found that Samsung engaged in unfair competition by copying the iPad design,” Apple says. “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.”
Apple also recently said that the Justice Department will investigate Samsung’s patent use in the United States. The company has argued that Samsung doesn’t license its patents properly under fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms (FRAND).