Apple has come under fire for publishing an awkward apology letter to Samsung on its website.
Apple recently lost a lawsuit in the UK in which it had claimed that Samsung had copied the design of the iPad in its Galaxy Tab line of tablets.
A UK court had ordered Apple to publish a statement on its website that Samsung had not copied the iPad's design in its Galaxy Tab devices.
Lambasted Samsung’s design
But what Apple seems to have done is more of hogwash. Although Apple did include the statement that it was supposed to, it has added five paragraphs meant to convince visitors that Samsung's design is "not as cool" while Apple's is stellar.
The published statements also seem to imply that something is wrong with the UK courts, because the American and European courts have agreed that Samsung infringed on Apple's design patents.
“I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this. That is a plain breach of the order,” said Judge Robin Jacob in a statement to Bloomberg.
In addition, Apple was instructed to have the statement on its homepage, not beneath several pages or links.
Apple ordered to issue fresh notice
UK courts have now ordered Apple to remove the statements and replace them with a new one within 24 hours, and to acknowledge the error in a three-sentence note.
Apple requested 14 days to replace the notice, but its request has been put down by the court.
“I would like to see the head of Apple make an affidavit setting out the technical difficulties which means Apple can’t put this on” their website, Jacob said. “I just can’t believe the instructions you’ve been given. This is Apple. They cannot put something on their website?”
Apple and Samsung have been involved in major legal battles across several countries, as the two giants struggle for dominance in the business of smartphones and tablets.