|The sign that says it all ...|
The following notice appears at the foot of the UK website's home page:
On 25 October 2012, Apple Inc. published a statement on its UK website in relation to Samsung's Galaxy tablet computers. That statement was inaccurate and did not comply with the order of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. The correct statement is at Samsung/Apple UK judgement.The hyperlink leads through to the following text:
Samsung / Apple UK judgment
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.The IPKat wonders whether this episode will make owners of IP rights in Europe think twice before bringing infringement litigation in the UK, or indeed elsewhere now that this case has been given such wide publicity in legal circles, in circumstances where there is a very public battle between the respective parties and the purchasing habits of the consuming public might be influenced by the wrongful perception that they were buying an infringing product.
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.
Merpel thinks that, as a matter of prudent practice, litigants or their representatives may want to have a draft notice prepared ahead of the court's decision and which can be publicised if the court so orders, without the need for recourse to one or more further hearings.