Judge Orders Apple and Samsung to Reduce Patent Claims in their Lawsuits
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 that will go on trial this summer. This is the second time Koh has given such an order and this time the judge even warned that the trial, which is currently set for July 30, 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 of right now, 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 continued to note that Apple claimed “it was the only party with an interest in bringing the case to trial on time.” The report noted that the company’s attorney even did “most of the pleading” for another opportunity to drop claims. The two companies continue to further complicate the situation between each other. Apple earlier this week 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 on the horizon is that both companies’ CEOs 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. We’ll have to wait and see if the two are able to resolve the disputes between one another.