Unfortunately, lawyers representing Apple called Justice Meade’s bluff – and threatened to do exactly that. In a statement, lawyers suggested that leaving the UK market could become an unavoidable option for the company due to the “commercially unacceptable” terms.
Marie Demetriou, a lawyer representing Apple, said: “I am not sure that is right. Apple’s position is it should indeed be able to reflect on the terms and decide whether commercially it is right to accept them or to leave the UK market. There may be terms that are set by the court which are just commercially unacceptable.”
Of course, while it’s perfectly possible for Apple to decide to leave the UK market entirely since the court case is centred around the technology inside the iPhone specifically – whatever happens, we’d be surprised if sales of the iPad, MacBook, iMac, and other gadgets were impacted by this case.
The UK is an important market for Apple, so we’d expect to find iPhones on shelves in the coming years. Nonetheless, it shows how serious the legal team representing Apple takes these kinds of lawsuits around patented technology from non-practising companies.