Apple Publishes Petulant Non-Apology Apology To Samsung
As a UK court recently ruled, Apple's UK website is required to post a notice about the court ruling that Samsung didn't copy Apple's design with its devices. Apple has now complied with a tiny link in the page footer:The notice itself is amusing in its somewhat passive aggressive tone. It first notes the court ruling, and then explains:
In the ruling, the judge made several important points comparing the designs of the Apple and Samsung products:What kind of important points? Well, all the ones about how Apple's products are awesome, while Samsung's... not so much.
And then... it reminds you that other countries have ruled completely otherwise:
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.In other words, it's the petulant Apple "complying" with the UK judge, while at the same time making sure to add a "but, but, but... the judge is really wrong -- other than the part where he likes our design."