Apple forced to publish statement absolving Samsung of stealing designs
pple's newly introduced iPad Mini is seen during Apple's special event at the California Theatre in San Jose on October 23, 2012 in California. Apple unveiled a smaller version of its hot-selling iPad on Tuesday, jumping into the market for smaller tablet computers dominated by Amazon, Google, and Samsung. The iPad mini's touchscreen measures 7.9 inches (20cm) diagonally compared to 9.7 inches(24.6cm) on the original iPad. AFP PHOTO/ Kimihiro HoshinoTechnology giant Apple has been forced to publish a statement admitting that Samsung did not copy their designs, according to the BBC.
The UK High Court ruled against Apple's accusation last July, forcing Apple to publicly take back the accusations as part of the ruling.
"On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple’s registered design No. 0000181607-0001," the statement read.
Apple, however, was not entirely convinced by the U.K. ruling. The statement further touched on previous cases with rulings in favor of Apple.
"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," Apple said.
"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," the statement ended by saying.