The publication on Apple’s website of a statement ordered by the high court, in order to acknowledge that Samsung hadn’t copied the iPad, caused much amusement last week. The tiny font, the complete lack of page furniture, and the fact it was hidden away all seemed like a bit of a laugh.
Although the post began by acknowledging the UK ruling, it went on to mention that a case in Germany had found Samsung did copy Apple’s designs, and quoted the British judge’s comment that Samsung’s products were “not as cool”.
That joke, however, has landed the company in hot water with the court of appeal, which has declared the statement ‘non-compliant,’ according to the Guardian.
Three appeal court judges indicated their displeasure with the statement and ordered Apple to change the wording to make it accurate, increase the font size to at least 11pt, and place the statement on its homepage. They gave Apple 48 hours to comply. Apple argued that it would take at least 14 days to make the changes, but was given short shrift.
As part of the original ruling, Apple must also place adverts in the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, T3 magazine and Mobile magazine. A very small advert placed in the Guardian on 2 November, all in the same point size and without formatting, read:
On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England andWales [sic] ruled that Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computers, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple’s Community registered design No. 0000181607-0001.
It continued to list details of the case with no further comment.
UPDATED 2 November with additional details