Judge Orders Apple And Samsung To Reduce Patent Claims In Their Lawsuits
After Apple received a scolding for frivolous motions against Motorola, the Cupertino, California-based tech giant is in for another scolding but not alone.
This time, Samsung will also be scolded.
Apple and Samsung have been ordered by Judge Lucy Koh to cut down the number of claims they are making against each other in a set of intellectual property lawsuits. Most of these lawsuits will go on trial this summer. This is the second time Koh has given such an order. Not only that, the judge has even warned that the trial, which is currently set for 30 July 2012, could possibly be delayed until 2013.
According to a report from IDG News Service, “Apple and Samsung each had offered to drop some patents and claims for the case but said lack of cooperation from the other side prevented greater streamlining.”
As the moment, the two companies have a total of “16 patents, six trademarks, five “trade dress” claims, and an antitrust case, with 37 products accused of violations” involved in the case. Koh reportedly said that “I think that’s cruel and unusual punishment to a jury, so I’m not willing to do it. If you’re going to trial in July, this is not going to be acceptable.”
The report also noted that Apple claimed “it was the only party with an interest in bringing the case to trial on time.” Apple’s attorney reportedly even did “most of the pleading” for another opportunity to drop claims. The two companies continue to further complicate the situation between each other. Earlier this week, Apple filed a request to have logos on Samsung-branded court televisions obscured from jurors during the upcoming trial and asked that quotes from Steve Jobs to be excluded from the trial as well. Samsung on the other hand asked that “Apple related blogs, and articles by non-expert newspaper reporters” be excluded.
The only good news at the moment is that both companies’ CEOs are scheduled to meet for court-moderated settlement talks later this month. In an effort to be prepared for the talks, both Apple and Samsung have been asked to submit a “candid evaluation” of the relative strengths and weaknesses of their claims and defenses.
Let us see what happens now between two tech giants.