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Apple vs. Samsung: Judge orders removal, acknowledgment of 'untrue' website posts

A London court has ordered Apple to remove

A London court has ordered Apple to remove from its website a statement that the court called "untrue" and "incorrect." The judges further demanded the old statement be replaced with a new statement acknowledging the inaccurate comments. The dustup stems from Apples patent fight with Samsung Electronics. (Oct. 25, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Apple Inc. was criticized by  judges in the United Kingdom in a patent lawsuit with Samsung Electronics Co. for posting a notice on its website that was "untrue" and "incorrect."

The U.K. Court of Appeal in London ordered Apple to remove the statement within 24 hours and place a new notice acknowledging the inaccurate comments.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company was told by the same court last month to post the initial notice as part of a ruling that Samsung's Galaxy tablets didn't copy the design of Apple's iPad.

"I'm at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this," Judge Robin Jacob said Thursday. "That is a plain breach of the order."

The ruling is the latest in a lawsuit that dates back to a July judgment in which a London judge said the design for three Galaxy tablets didn't infringe Apple's registered design, saying they were not "cool" enough.

The court's initial order to post a notice was designed to correct the impression that the South Korean company was copying Apple's product. Apple's post, criticized by judges Thursday, inserted four paragraphs including excerpts of the original "cool" ruling and details of similar German lawsuits that the court today said weren't true.

Michael Beloff, a lawyer for Apple, told the court Thursday  that the comments posted by Apple were in line with original order.

The notice "is not designed to punish, it is not designed to makes us grovel," Michael Beloff, a lawyer for Apple, said in court. "The only purpose is to dispel commercial uncertainty." Apple's request for 14 days to make the changes was rejected.

"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 site, Jacob said. "I just can't believe the instructions you've been given. This is Apple. They cannot put something on their website?"

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