Judge orders Apple to rewrite 'apology'

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Hardly surprisingly, the British judge who ordered Apple to post a statement on its website about its patent suit against Samsung has declared himself unsatisfied with the result.

He's ordered the company to rewrite the apology, making it a little less self-aggrandizing and a little more, well, apologetic.

After losing a High Court appeal a few weeks ago, Apple was ordered to publish a statement on its website making it clear that Samsung hadn't copied its designs.

It duly complied - but not quite in the way the judge had intended. Of the six paragraphs in the statement, two give the bare facts of the legal position. The final paragraph points out that other jurisdictions have come to the opposite conclusion, and implies that the judgement was wrong.

And the remainder of the statement consists of a lengthy quote from an earlier UK ruling in which High Court judge Colin Birss described the Samsung tablet as 'not as cool' as the iPad and explained his reasons.

Naturally, this hasn't gone down too well with Samsung - or, indeed, with appeal judge Sir Robin Jacob, who yesterday ordered the company to remove the statement and replace it with something less inflammatory. The message as it stands doesn't comply with his order, he says.

“I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this,” Bloomberg quotes the judge as saying. “That is a plain breach of the order.”

Apple actually asked to be given 14 days to replace the statement, but the judge poured cold water in this idea, instead giving the company 48 hours. So far, nothing's changed.