Apple posts updated court ordered statement

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Last week Apple was ordered by a UK High Court to alter the court-ordered statement regarding the company’s legal action with Samsung, in which the courts found that Samsung’s devices did not infringe on the iPad.

Apple was given 48 hours to comply with the new court ruling and, over the weekend, updated the statement which was meant to clarify the legal status of purchasing an iPad competitor from Samsung.

Instead of referencing courtroom results the statement now reads:

On 9 July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (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. A copy of the full judgment of
the High Court is available from www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Patents/2012/1882.html.

That Judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales on 18 October 2012. A copy of the Court of Appeal’s judgment is available from www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2012/1339.html. There is no injunction in respect of the Community registered design in force anywhere in Europe.”

However several websites, including Reddit, have noted that the javascript code for the statement-hosting Apple UK site, which is apparently not in use on Apple’s US website, automatically sizes the page so that the statement can only be seen if a user scrolls down the page. The segment of code was put in place just after the appeal against the statement failed and just prior to the announcement of the iPad Mini, making guessing at Apple’s purpose for the code difficult. Apple has not yet responded to requests for comment.

Source: CNET

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