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Apple's 'Samsung didn't copy us' legal notice goes up on UK site


You may remember that a UK judge ruled in Samsung's favor in the patent spat between Apple and Samsung companies in that country. The judge went one step farther than most and required Apple to publicly declare that Samsung didn't copy Apple and to include a post about the matter on Apple's website.

Apple has adhered to the letter of that judgement in perhaps the most minimalistic fashion possible. It's posted an unobtrusive "Samsung/Apple UK judgement" link in the footer of its main UK site; this links to the most Spartan page I've ever seen on an Apple site, and possibly on any website ever.

Apple opens with legalistic language acknowledging the judgement (and no doubt putting 90 percent of readers off from reading the rest), then moves on to the actual quotes from the case's judge. Apple, of course, could not resist throwing in the best quote from the judgement, where the judge describes Samsung's products: "They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool."

The letter closes by divulging that the same patent trial in other countries, including Germany and the United States, was ruled in Apple's favor. "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: "This UK judge has forced us to say Samsung didn't copy us -- but we don't believe that for a second, and neither should you."

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