Samsung and Apple back in court today

December 6, 2012
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    Samsung and Apple

    As expected, Samsung and Apple are returning to Judge Lucy Koh’s courtroom today.

    At today’s hearing, Apple hopes to convince the court to block a total of 26 Samsung items from being sold. Additionally, Apple will attempt to argue that Samsung owes them an additional $535 million for Samsung’s willful infringment. This is on top of the already massive $1 billion owed by Apple’s Korean-based rival.

    Samsung on the other hand, says they are being charged unfairly and that the jury miscalculated the amount owed in the first place. Samsung hopes to see the total recounted and lowered.

    Samsung also intends to bring the HTC-Apple patent agreement into play, saying the list of patents is highly relevant to Apple’s request to block Samsung from selling the 26 infringing devices.

    The hearing will also discuss Samsung’s claim of juror misconduct, particularly the conduct of jury foreman Velvin Hogan. According to Samsung, Hogan was responsible for guiding the jury punitively, and believes that the foreman came into the case with a strong bias against Samsung.

    The reason for Hogan’s possible grudge against Samsung has to do with a lawsuit that Hogan was involved in many years ago. Although Hogan didn’t disclose it to the courts, it has now come out that the foreman was once sued by Seagate Technology, a Samsung partner.

    No matter what happens in the courts today, the war between Samsung and Apple is far from over. Their relationship continues to fall apart as their legal battles wage across the globe.

    While Samsung hasn’t had a lot of luck in the U.S. Courts, the situation has been much better elsewhere. One such major win for Samsung was in the United Kingdom, where a judge ruled that Samsung did not copy the iPad. Legal battles have also occurred between the two companies in Germany, Australia and Samsung’s home country of South Korea.

    Do you think that Samsung has a shot at getting the amount owed lowered, or even getting the ruling overturned? Conversely, will Apple be able to convince the judge to go ahead with a product ban on the supposedly infringing Samsung products?

    Comments

    • Edward Smith

      Not trying to be a races but isn’t there something wrong with the the header picture? I for one find it very funny. :D

    • Bish Fora

      may be it was intentional but the signs seems to be in wrong places.

    • Richard

      Personally I am sick to death of patent court cases, the whole patent issue should be fixed and software patents banished. Software copyright should be more than sufficient to cover software creations.

      I really hope the billion $ joke disappears and makes Apple realise they have to innovate to compete.

      • hohopig

        couldn’t agree with you more.

        • Michael

          ya same here..apple get with or get in the right lane.

    • Michael

      Hey Apple Start being innovative again. That way you can stop playing defense with Samsung in the mobile market
      Hey Samsung Patent laws are in place to protect intellectual property- if violated hey pay up.

      • hohopig

        Good point, except when the patent should NEVER have been granted in the first place. And it seems that, at least in US, the patent office is relying on others and the court to do the checking for them.

        • Michael

          ya i agree with that. To me it seem confusing that apple suing samsung over some things that maybe should have never been patented in the first place.

          I could be wrong but i don’t think apple will prevail in the end with blocking many of samsung many mobile devices.

          I really think suing is all apple playing defense for loosing the edge.

          (an apple fan who lost interest and enjoys android)

    • Michael

      Hey Apple Start being innovative again. That way you can stop playing defense with Samsung in the mobile market

      Hey Samsung Patent laws are in place to protect intellectual property- if violated hey pay up.

    • Michael

      Hey Apple Start being innovative again. That way you can stop playing defense with Samsung in the mobile market

      Hey Samsung Patent laws are in place to protect intellectual property- if violated hey pay up.

      I really hope that they done block Samsung mobile products

    • wesomatic

      Crybaby Crapple!!!

    • http://twitter.com/alexN350z Alex Zhao

      What a couple on divorce

    • http://www.facebook.com/amadeus.klein Amadeus Klein

      At Least here in the US, ESPECIALLY with Judge Koh, Samsung will never get a fair trial. Apple is king of the roost and they have far too much influence here to not get their way…

    • Tricky T

      IMHO i feel like apple is doing this because of marketing, they know and Samsung knows the money is irrelevant. Think about it 1 billion dollars, good luck getting it. the reason i say its for marketing is because it creates the apple vs android discussion and it puts a stronger loyalty to those who love apple, and sway people from Samsung. i have observed this with the heated debates i get into with my friends. never before have i ever cared about either one of these companies, generally speaking. They are putting in your head that Samsung is copying them so they can try and smash there only real global competition down, and try and make them look bad. i also believe, with the economy the way it is, apple is doing everything it can to keep people in America making money. more people buying apple products more American investors making money, to keep it simple….

      • hohopig

        :P generating some hype? I won’t put it past them, although I won’t put it past the egoistic Job to hold a real grudge against Google and all android platform and this may has been inherited by his minions :P.

      • hohopig

        Although, the flipside to what you side is true as well, and it is generating a lot of hate of apple from those who support the android platform, even though they may not support samsung otherwise.

    • http://www.facebook.com/adam.eldin.7 Adam Eldin

      show me one dude in cali without an iphone except for the employees at google. Good luck, Samsung!

    • mohdamr1

      In California , the “LAW” is “FAIR” and the “JUDGES” are “IMPARTIAL” because they are not “PAID” to fight foreign competition.

      • hohopig

        :P irony? or do you really believe it? :p

    • tBs_Battousai

      Apple don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell in Koh’s courtroom….

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