Samsung Lawyers Unable to Identify Galaxy Tab When Asked By Judge During Court Hearing
Samsung attorney Kate Sullivan when asked by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh if she could tell which one of the two tablets the judge held above her head was the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sullivan responded “Not at this distance, your honor.”
That distance was a measly 10 feet! Facepalm, facepalm, facepalm.
How can Samsung’s lawyers, who have been battling Apple in patent cases across the world, not be able to tell the difference between an iPad 2 and their Galaxy Tablet when prompted to do so in court. I don’t care if its 10 feet, 20 feet, or across the court room these lawyers should be able to spot their tablets in a lineup faster than a kid spots Waldo in an empty room.
The judge then asked the rest of Samsung’s legal team if any of them could tell which tablet displayed was Apple’s and which one was Samsung’s, only then did one of Samsung’s lawyers supply the right answer.
Judge Koh decided that Samsung’s Galaxy-branded tablets do infringe on some of Apple’s tablets, but Apple must still prove that their patents are valid under the law before she could grant Apple an injunction. Koh wrote that she wouldn’t grant the injunction based on the “utility” patent Apple claims Samsung is infringing upon, but she is still considering three other design patents.
If Samsung’s lawyer’s inability to identify the tablet from 10 feet away is any indication of how Koh might rule the case, Samsung better start planning a redesign if they want to sell their tablets in the U.S.