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Legal fees on Apple according to UK

Apple's "false and misleading" apology to Samsung has led to a court ordering the tech giant to cover all legal fees for the recently finished UK court cases.

After a British court found Samsung not guilty of patent infringement on a range of Apple products, the Silicon Valley based company was ordered to publish a notice on their official website acknowledging the verdict.

But Apple's half-baked attempt at clearing the water did not suffice, with the statement seemingly offering more credit to their own work and products rather than the lawsuit result.

As a result UK officials told Apple to edit the statement but the updated apology was re-coded and decreased in font to ensure very few read the admission.

Such tactics has led authorities to order the company to cover all legal fees in the case as a punishment.

While this is not unprecedented in UK law, the loser covering the winners' costs, it highlights the ongoing rivalry between the warring companies with Apple seemingly unwilling to accept any responsibility for their false claims.

But after increased pressure Apple has now posted the following on their UK website:

"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 correct statement subsequently reads:

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 notinfringe Apple’s Community registered design No. 0000181607-0001.

"A copy of the full judgment of
the High Court is available here.

"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 here.

"There is no injunction in respect of the Community registered design in force anywhere in Europe."

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