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Apple’s aufrichtige Entschuldigung an Samsung (diesmal ohne Sticheleien)

Apple’s aufrichtige Entschuldigung an Samsung (diesmal ohne Sticheleien)

Nachdem die ganze Geschichte zwischen Apple und Samsung etwas ausuferte, sind nun wenigstens die größten Dispute halbwegs geklärt worden. Nachdem das Gericht eine offizielle Entschuldigung gegenüber Samsung anordnete, äußerte sich die Firma aus Cupertino auf bissige Art und Weise im Web. Auf weitere explizite Anordnung des Gerichts hin änderte Apple nun die eher zickige Entschuldigung in eine sachlich trockene Variante um.

Die ursprünglich auf der Apple UK Seite veröffentlichte Version umfasste zunächst die Information, dass das Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 und Tab 7.7 nicht Apple's Designpatent für das iPad verletzen würden. Weiter zitierte Apple den Richter in Bezug auf die Coolness des Apple Designs und die relative Uncoolness der Samsung Designs wie folgt:

Samsung / Apple UK judgment
On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited's Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple's registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of the High court is available on the following link www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Patents/2012/1882.html.
In the ruling, the judge made several important points comparing the designs of the Apple and Samsung products:

"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."

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

However, in a case tried in Germany regarding the same patent, the court found that Samsung engaged in unfair competition by copying the iPad design. A U.S. jury also found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's design and utility patents, awarding over one billion U.S. dollars in damages to Apple Inc. 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.

Die aktuelle Variante ist weitaus kürzer, trockener und juristisch korrekter:

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.

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via Gizmodo, 9to5mac


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