October 26, 2012 - 13:05 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Apple’s legally-mandated apology to Samsung has gone live on the company’s site, though the Cupertino firm does not shy from the opportunity to get a few digs in at its Korean foe, SlashGear reports.
The apology page, linked from the footnote of Apple’s homepage, quotes the relevant court order and then the section of the original ruling in which Apple’s own products are praised for the “striking” nature of their “extreme simplicity” and “cool design”; it also mentions the judge’s comments that Samsung products “are not as cool.”
It’s the final paragraph where things get particularly passive-aggressive. Although Apple was instructed to publicly announce that Samsung had been deemed not copying the iPad with the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9, adn Tab 7.7, the firm also takes the opportunity for a reminder that other courts haven’t felt the same way.
Apple cites the Germany case, where Samsung was found to be guilty of unfair competition, and the recent U.S. case where it was awarded more than $1bn in damages. “So while the UK court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement,” Apple concludes, “other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple’s far more popular iPad.”
It’s not clear whether Samsung will have any room for legal complaint about Apple’s choice of phrasing. The court ruling insisted on a certain minimum font size for the apology, but didn’t set out exactly how it should read.
The apology will have to remain in place for at least six months, and as well as appearing on Apple’s site, the company will be publishing it in various magazines and newspapers in the UK.