Patience is surely not one of Apple’s best virtues. At least that’s what Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California implied when she rejected Apple’s appeal to quicken the proceedings of its federal lawsuit against Samsung. The Apple – Samsung saga has over the months gathered a lot of steam, not only because of the popularity of both the brands, but also for the strange twists that the lawsuit has been taking since day one.
Some time in mid-April, Apple had filed an appeal with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to speed up the lawsuit proceedings, so that it could catch a glimpse of the latest models of Samsung’s products, at the earliest. An amendment later, Apple did manage to get a glimpse of Samsung’s products via expedited discovery. However, a similar appeal from Samsung was denied. Then early this month, Apple put forth another appeal, which basically intended to reduce the time period between the present date, and that of the scheduled hearing (February 1, 2011). It did so, since it ‘feared’ that Samsung’s infringement spree could cause further harm.
A new twist…
Additionally, Apple also looked at further reducing the timeline for the entire lawsuit’s hearing and filed a fresh appeal for the same. It was this appeal, which Judge Lucy Koh slammed. According to her, the reduced timeline, twice over would give Samsung lesser time on hand to prepare its case, and that the existing time period shouldn’t make ‘much of a difference’ to Apple.
Watch this space for more updates on this.
Publish date: July 14, 2011 1:53 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 8:10 pm