As reported, Apple had been ordered by a UK court to alter the statement on its UK website acknowledging that the Samsung Galaxy Tab did not infringe upon its iPad designs. Apple has removed the statement, but hasn’t replaced it yet. It has also published the first of the court required advertisements in a UK newspaper today.
In this morning’s Guardian, Apple has taken out a small advertisement, including the same statement that it ran on its website, but minus the additional commentary that originally got the company into trouble. It also appears to have been printed in 14-pt Arial font, as required in the original ruling.
Since the judgement that was passed by the UK and its three judges; Lord Justice Longmore, Lord Justice Kitchin and Sir Robin Jacob; Apple has removed the original, “playful” apology from its website, clearing the way for it to be placed on the front page of the site, something it was required by the judges to do within 48 hours.
Apple was ordered to alter and change the positioning of its statement from the originally small linked page, to a front page apology, set in 11-pt Arial font.
Apple lawyers told the court that it would need up to 14 days to make the changes on the website, but the judges refused to believe that.
Apple had placed the apology on its website back on October 26 as ordered, but included references to the statement from a judge that Samsung products were “not as cool” as iPads and iPhones.
It is unknown when Apple will update their site to reflect the ordered changes.