Apple Hires Several Korean-Speaking Lawyers To Counter Samsung
After a long time, we are back with the latest update on the feud involving Apple and Samsung.
The patent battle between Apple and Samsung is getting intensified. Thus, the iPhone maker has reportedly hired 73 contract attorneys and 20 reviewers of Korean-American descent to study and go through the growing amount of Korean-language documents provided by Samsung.
Florian Mueller from FOSS Patents said that the contractors will be going through the large number of untranslated documents provided by the South Korean company.
A firm called Morrison & Foerster and WilmerHale, has been tasked with defending Apple against Samsung patent attacks. It submitted documents to the International Trade Commission (ITC) declaring that the Korean-speaking recruits have agreed to be bound to a protective order needed for the firms to share documents with the new hires. This firm filed the declarations of 72 Korean-American contract lawyers and 20 document reviewers that will allow them to take part in the litigation. In addition to cross-contracting six of the lawyers and two reviewers, Morrison & Forreste has also hired a separate Korean-American attorney to help with Apple’s patent assertions against the South Korea-based company (Samsung).
However, not all of the hired lawyers may necessarily have backgrounds in patent litigation. Some were hired merely for their ability to read and speak Korean. The move to take on the temporary staff was necessary because according to Apple’s claim that Samsung at times, presented hundreds or even thousands of Korean language documents in an untimely manner. Apple said that some of the papers were being received a day before deposition and thus were impossible for lawyers to analyze in preparation for testimony. This move will help prevent such a situation from occurring again.
As for now, the legal battle between Apple and Samsung is interesting. This battle started ever since, Apple claimed that Samsung copied the design of Galaxy Tab 10.1 from iPad.
Due to Apple’s lawsuit, Galaxy Tab was banned in Australia. Later, a court lifted the ban in November 2011 but Apple obtained a one-week stay-order on the implementation of verdict. Galaxy Tab was released on 9 December 2011. Apple appealed for more extension on ban but this time, the appeal was rejected. For months, there have been various news reports that a face-off between Apple and Samsung will take place sometime in March 2012 in Australia.
Apple and Samsung have been suing each other in various countries for past few months and Apple has been winning most of the lawsuits with verdict in its favour.