Apple and Samsung Relent on Numerous Patent Infringement Claims
Apple and Samsung are playing a little nicer with each other today. But not much.
On Tuesday, Apple and Samsung capitulated a tad to one another with regard to how many patent infringement claims each is presenting in their California legal showdown.
As of Monday, Apple tells the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California that the company is willing to drop roughly half of its assortment of patent-infringement claims. Meeting Apple halfway, so to speak, Samsung turned around with an offer to drop five of its 12 patent infringement claims.
Of course, if you haven't been following this saga, Apple and Samsung didn't necessarily cut back their claims on a voluntary basis. Just days ago, Judge Lucy Koh put her foot down and effectively demanded that both parties slash their mounting piles of claims.
"I think that's cruel and unusual punishment to a jury, so I'm not willing to do it," Koh said. "If you're going to trial in July, this is not going to be acceptable.
In other words, just because the fighting has been curtailed with regard to the number of issues both companies are fighting over, it doesn't look like Apple and Samsung are truly any closer to resolving this matter in a timely fashion.
Source: FOSS Patents