Judge dismisses ‘frivolous’ Apple appeal to punish Samsung

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By Staff /  03 Aug 2012 , 10:33

The Apple-Samsung trial has been crazy since the day it began, and there are no signs that any form of sanity is set to prevail. Judge Koh who’s had a handful to deal with since day one of the trial, has decided not to grant Apple’s ambitious request for her to to punish Samsung’s court indiscretions by ruling in favor of Apple and stating that Samsung had violated all Apple’s patents.

According to AppleInsider, she said in a ruling:

Having considered the papers submitted, and GOOD CAUSE HAVING BEEN SHOWN, the Court hereby GRANTS Samsung’s Motion to Strike. Alternatively, the Court DENIES Apple’s request to enter a judgment finding Apple’s asserted design patents valid and infringed.

Samsung had dismissed Apple‘s request for ‘emergency sanctions as “frivolous at every level.” It stated,

Apple’s request is an affront to the integrity of the jury. Apple proceeds on the groundless assumption that the jury, already instructed by the Court not to read media accounts, will violate the Court’s instructions and do precisely that. As explained in the Quinn declaration, Apple’s premise is factually unfounded and contrary to settled law. Nowhere does Apple even address, let alone refute, these points.

Samsung on Tuesday issued a statement to certain sections of the media along with two slides showing that the iPhone design idea originated from Sony. This ‘Sony-design’ theft idea that Samsung has been pushing as its main counterpoint to Apple’s claims that the South Korea company has blatantly copied the designs of its iPad and iPhone, have angered presiding Judge Lucy Koh. She had already refused Samsung the request to present this evidence during the trial.

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Apple then went on the offensive and requested the Court hand out emergency sanctions against Samsung for providing excluded case evidence to the media. Apple alleged this was an attempt to prejudice the jury.

Emergency sanctions means that Apple was stating that since Samsung wasn’t playing by the rules – as they had gone on to spill the beans to the press – the court should punish the South Korean giant.

Apple, in its response wanted the Judge to issue an order that the South Korean company had infringed Apple’s phone design patents, according to a court filing by their legal team.Those are issues that the jury has been empanelled to decide.

Apple called the conduct of Samsung’s laywer, John Quinn “egregious, because it impugned the integrity of the court.”

Samsung fired back in its filing, saying Apple could cite no legal precedent for the harsh punishment it sought.


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