Apple and Samsung still can't settle their legal fight

Last week, Judge Lucy Koh recommended strongly to Apple and Samsung's legal teams to settle their ongoing court battle in the US, before the case goes to a jury. On Saturday, both companies met out of the courtroom but the final result was the same.

Bloomberg reports that Apple and Samsung were unable to simplify the terms of their dispute in the case. Apple has contended that Samsung stole the design ideas for their smartphones and Galaxy Tab tablets from their patented iPhone and iPad designs, while Samsung claims that Apple has taken their product design ideas from other companies.

The failure of both companies to resolve their disputes likely means that the jury in the San Jose, California courtroom will decide the final fate of this case. Samsung and Apple will make their final arguments later this week and the jury should start their deliberations on Tuesday.

The trial has taken the better part of a month and Judge Koh clearly would like for Apple and Samsung to resolve their issues out of her courtroom. A few days ago, she reportedly got frustrated with Apple's legal team as they tried to bring in a new list of witnesses, even as their allotted time for arguments was running out. Judge Koh yelled at Apple's lawyers and said they were "smoking crack" if they thought they would have time to bring in as many witnesses as they requested.

Source: Bloomberg
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Case is stupid. Should be dropped. Is that a valid conclusion for a judge to come to or does she have to pick a side?

billyea said,
Case is stupid. Should be dropped. Is that a valid conclusion for a judge to come to or does she have to pick a side?

Many here will say the judge had already picked a side way before it got to this point. [Apple]

ir0nw0lf said,

Many here will say the judge had already picked a side way before it got to this point. [Apple]

She does have very well known history of siding with Apple. Personally, I think she is the worst judge for the case.

Buttus said,
they should just cancel the whole trial and work on patent reform...
Agreed, but that's not going to happen any time soon (like overnight). That will take years upon years...All thanks to Apple, they don't care about the consumers. They are a very greedy company that only cares about money.

tsupersonic said,
Agreed, but that's not going to happen any time soon (like overnight). That will take years upon years...All thanks to Apple, they don't care about the consumers. They are a very greedy company that only cares about money.

Yeah and Samsung is a charity organization that doesn't care about making money.

a0me said,

Yeah and Samsung is a charity organization that doesn't care about making money.

samsung is not moved by hate like apple, who only seeks to kill the competitors with stupid allegations.

AnarKhy said,

samsung is not moved by hate like apple, who only seeks to kill the competitors with stupid allegations.


Of course, you're aware that Samsung is South Korea's largest conglomerate which account for over 20% of the country's GDP (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gross_domestic_product).
You're also aware that they're part of the South-Korean mafia, keep a slush-fund (http://www.engadget.com/2007/1...illion-says-former-legal-e/), have been fined numerous time for price fixing (http://www.dailytech.com/Samsu...rice+Fixing/article6016.htm), and already admitted plagiarism a few years ago (http://www.dailytech.com/Samsu...+Microsoft+/article2188.htm).

In short, you couldn't have picked a worse example. Thanks for the laughs.

a0me said,

Of course, you're aware that Samsung is South Korea's largest conglomerate which account for over 20% of the country's GDP (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gross_domestic_product).
You're also aware that they're part of the South-Korean mafia, keep a slush-fund (http://www.engadget.com/2007/1...illion-says-former-legal-e/), have been fined numerous time for price fixing (http://www.dailytech.com/Samsu...rice+Fixing/article6016.htm), and already admitted plagiarism a few years ago (http://www.dailytech.com/Samsu...+Microsoft+/article2188.htm).

In short, you couldn't have picked a worse example. Thanks for the laughs.

How is any of that related to killing off their competitors?

FISKER_Q said,

How is any of that related to killing off their competitors?


You missed the part that said "not moved by hate like apple" which is a laughable statement in itself.

And assuming that "killing the competitors with stupid allegations" refers to companies defending their IP through lawsuits, please point me to any company in this industry that's not doing it.
Google (http://www.wired.com/wiredente...nion-samuels-google-oracle/)? Nokia (http://articles.chicagotribune...-by-eero-vassinen-nokia-htc)? Samsung? RIM? Microsoft? HTC? Huawei? ZTE? Sony Ericsson?

They're all doing it.
Whatever your feelings are on the subject, the fact is that the company that makes your phone and/or your OS are all waging patent wars and have been at it non-stop for the last couple of years.

I hope they both get hit by this somehow so that there's no clear winner but both have some type of fine or something. Though I bet Apple wins in the end but that they don't come away with much out of it.

And the consumers will ultimately lose in the end. Will probably choose a diff company other than Samsung for my next phone. Hopefully Google chooses Sony for their next Nexus line of phones.

techbeck said,
And the consumers will ultimately lose in the end. Will probably choose a diff company other than Samsung for my next phone. Hopefully Google chooses Sony for their next Nexus line of phones.

and what samsung phone is a copy of iphone?

patent system needs to change. patents shouldn't be so easily awarded to companies for a few drawings and details. Should work like medicine- Invent it, get a year of "exclusive rights" to it, then it becomes a license. If nothing's done within the year, then too bad.

There shouldn't be software patents full stop. Software already has copyright protection, and that's enough.

All patents do is create an unnecessary burden on the legal system, limit innovation, grant effective monopolies to giant corporations, and encourage trolling.