As ordered by a British court, Apple has posted a legal notice to the bottom of its United Kingdom website to inform customers that the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablet did not infringe upon the iPad. Apple might have complied with posting this notice, but that didn’t stop it from being sarcastic in how it reads. In the text, Apple notes how the judge referred to the iPad as a simple and smooth product and how he thought the Galaxy Tab simply wasn’t as cool.
“The extreme simplicity of the Apple design is striking. Overall it 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 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.”
Apple also notes that although this particular court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts in Germany and the United States recognized that Samsung wilfully copied the iPad in the creation of its Galaxy Tab tablet. Apple is required to leave this legal notice on its website for 30 days and is also required to run advertisements about the court ruling. The full text of the legal notice is available by following this link. Do you think it was fair for Apple to be forced to take these legal actions?