News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
APC Free White Paper
Optimize your network investment &
Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Note
Mobile Tech
Fiercely productive scanners
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Apple's U.K. 'Apology' to Samsung Is Missing the Remorse

By Jennifer LeClaire
October 26, 2012 1:13PM

    Bookmark and Share
It is unclear if Apple's notice will satisfy the U.K. court's requirement as an apology to Samsung. At the end of the day, the market battle still rages between Samsung and Apple. "I don't know that Apple looks at Samsung's market share and thinks, Woe is me," said analyst Avi Greengart. "I think Apple is looking at its unit sales growing at a very healthy clip."

In what sounds like an elementary-school punishment, Apple has followed through on a mandate from a United Kingdom court to post a public apology to Samsung. The public notice says Samsung didn't infringe on its intellectual property with its Galaxy tablets and smartphones.

Apple responded, but was somewhat defiant. The iPad-maker published a notice, but it was less of an apology and more of an acknowledgment of what the judge ruled. The High Court of Justice in England and Wales decided that the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe on Apple's iPad design patent.

Apple Acknowledges Ruling

Apple posted a notice that acknowledged the court ruled in Samsung's favor on July 9 and linked to the case. Apple also noted that in the ruling, the judge made "several important points" comparing the designs of the Apple and Samsung products. Apple then outlined those points:

"Overall [the design] has undecorated flat surfaces with a plate of glass on the front all the way out to a very thin rim and a blank back. There is a crisp edge around the rim and a combination of curves, both at the corners and the sides. The design looks like an object the informed user would want to pick up and hold. It is an understated, smooth and simple product. It is a cool design," the judge wrote of Apple's iPad.

"The informed user's overall impression of each of the Samsung Galaxy Tablets is the following. From the front they belong to the family which includes the Apple design; but the Samsung products are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back. They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool."

The Battle Continues

Apple noted that the judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal on Oct. 18, but there is no injunction in respect of the registered design in force anywhere in Europe. Apple then continued to support its own points.

"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," Apple said. "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."

If you are wondering where the apology is, there really isn't one. It is unclear if the notice will satisfy the U.K. court's requirement. At the end of the day, the market battle still rages between Samsung and Apple.

"Samsung sells a lot more products at a lot more price points," said Avi Greengart, an analyst at Current Analysis. "I don't know that Apple looks at Samsung's market share and thinks, 'Woe is me.' I think Apple is looking at its unit sales growing at a very healthy clip.

"Right now, they are supply constrained. There's tons of demand. They simple can't make iPhone 5s fast enough and Apple is making tons and tons of money. At the end of the day, that's what businesses are in business for -- to make money."

Tell Us What You Think



Posted: 2012-10-27 @ 4:41am PT
Hopefully, they will be dragged in front of the bench again by their ears, because what they are effectively doing is rejecting the jurisdiction of the court.

As for the market share vs. the unit sales issue, I think Greengart is taking a very myopic view here. Making money today is good and fine but the question is can you make money tomorrow? And when Android acquires an overwhelming market share, it will increasingly be questionable for other companies to accomodate for iOS. Apple has already once learned what it means when a competitor's OS becomes a quasi-standard - and it almost broke them.


Posted: 2012-10-27 @ 1:30am PT
Apple should be charged with contempt of court - it's not an apology but a gloat. And those judges should be more careful when they introduce personal preferences to justify professional opinions.


Posted: 2012-10-26 @ 4:40pm PT
Seriously, Apple. What are you, like five?


Posted: 2012-10-26 @ 3:44pm PT
iDirty, iHorrible, iStinking iCompany

APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.

 Mobile Tech
1.   Android Gets Chrome Remote Desktop
2.   Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
3.   Zebra Buys Motorola Enterprise Biz
4.   CTIA Caves, Offers Kill Switch Plan
5.   Report: Amazon Phone To Feature 3D

BlackBerry Drops T-Mobile After Spat
Moving on to other carriers after snub.
Average Rating:
Zebra Buys Motorola Enterprise Biz
Pays $3.45B in all-cash deal.
Average Rating:
CTIA Caves, Offers Kill Switch Plan
But leaves control up to users.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
Canadian Teen Arrested for Heartbleed Hack
One week after the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability was unveiled, Canadian authorities have made the first arrest -- a London, Ontario teenager -- connected to exploiting the security hole.
IBM Offers Security, Disaster Recovery as SoftLayer Service
New disaster recovery and security services for SoftLayer clients are being added by IBM. Big Blue said the new capabilities will speed cloud adoption by alleviating concern over business continuity.

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Google Releases Chrome Remote Desktop App for Android
You're out on a sales call, and use your Android mobile device to grab a file you have back at the office on your desktop. That's a bit easier now with Google's Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android.
Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to launch a smartphone after years of development. Photos of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked by tech pub BGR.
Zebra Tech Buys Motorola Enterprise for $3.45B
Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 billion, Zebra Technologies is throwing down $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal.

NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.