Judge not happy with Samsung during start of Apple trial

The fight between Samsung and Apple over their smartphone and tablet designs finally started its US jury trial in San Jose earlier this week. However, on Tuesday the judge in the case was not happy that Samsung's attorneys released evidence from their side of the case publicly.

The New York Times reports that Samsung released documents on Tuesday to members of the media that it claims show Apple had taken some designs for its iPhone from an earlier proposal from Sony. Judge Lucy Koh ruled on Sunday that Samsung could not present that evidence during its opening statements.

One of Apple's lawyers, Harold McElhinny, said that Samsung's actions were an "intentional attempt to pollute the jury." Judge Koh demanded who at Samsung authorized the release of the evidence but apparently didn't get a direct response at the time.

All of this drama was actually at the end of the day Tuesday at the trial. It began with Apple's lawyers presenting their case to the now picked jury members. It questioned one of Apple's designers, Christopher Stringer, who talked about how Apple had strict and secretive processes when it creates products, such as the iPhone and iPad. Stringer even called the iPhone a "cultural icon."

As far as Samsung, Stringer was blunt, stating, "We’ve been ripped off by everyone, Samsung in particular. We’re offended." The trial is expected to continue for the next few weeks.

Source: New York Times

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You do realise it wasn't allowed cause they tried to submit it past the deadline?

Now, rather then being idiots, try and look at facts.

Really Star Trek and a few other Sci-Fi's should be sueing these guys for stealing their designs for phones and PADDs/Tablets.

ROFL at butt hurt Judge she only said they couldn't use it in court nothing was said however about giving it away to all in sundry to read sucks to be her now

As Lucy Koh is of Korean origin, and Samsung are a Korean company, is her dislike a North/South thing?

-T- said,
As Lucy Koh is of Korean origin, and Samsung are a Korean company, is her dislike a North/South thing?

Um given that she lives in America and is probably 100% American in mentality I dont think she gives a crap that Samsung is Korean. She probably just had a macbook pro at home.

Good on Samsung for doing this. They are clearly trying to make the public aware of worthy evidence before the tainted judge throws it out without much investigation.

No matter what happens with the final ruling, the losing party will just appeal the case to a higher court. This is only the first show in this summer lineup.

Well regardless of what you think of the judge (and her alleged loyalties or whatever) I don't think there is any question that it was stupid of Samsung to leak out evidence? So they really have no one to blame for this but themselves.

JessJess said,
Well regardless of what you think of the judge (and her alleged loyalties or whatever) I don't think there is any question that it was stupid of Samsung to leak out evidence? So they really have no one to blame for this but themselves.

They wanted to present the evidence to the court and it was refused by the judge. So they leaked it. Acceptable to me, I would do the same to expose this ''judge''

that wasn't evidence - the corrupt Judge wouldn't allow it to be presented. It is information that is in the public domain however. Good on Samsung for raising the profile so everyone can make their own decision.

NeoPogo said,
Sansung is up to their shady tricks. Yay for that Judge!!!! The Judge will let justice prevail!

It doesn't matter if Samsung are guilty or not, the judge is verging on corrupt so Samsung can't win.

NeoPogo said,
Sansung is up to their shady tricks. Yay for that Judge!!!! The Judge will let justice prevail!

If you read the article first then you would know that a) The information is in the Public Domain anyway and b) Was dismissed by the corrupt Judge Koh anyway!!!!!

Samsung does reserve the right to appeal should they lose this case, if they (and others on here) truly believe the judge was impartial or has undisclosed conflicts of interest.

They should know better than to lash out irrationally.

Also, it appears (from reading other sources) the judge is annoyed at both sides for their conduct, not just Samsung.

Edited by Denis W., Aug 1 2012, 8:45pm :

Does Judge Koh ever not side with Apple? Whether or not the case has merit, Apple will win because they're an American company being tried in an American court of law against a foreign company.

It's the same way that the media demonized Toyota over a mysterious accelerator issue but only mentions GM doing so bad it's owned by the government in passing.

Davo said,
Does Judge Koh ever not side with Apple? Whether or not the case has merit, Apple will win because they're an American company being tried in an American court of law against a foreign company.

It's the same way that the media demonized Toyota over a mysterious accelerator issue but only mentions GM doing so bad it's owned by the government in passing.

Why I wouldnt mind someone like Judge Posner overseeing the case. He didn't favor either side and seems to know how to filter out the BS.

I have never seen such an egregious show of preferential treatment in my life. I hope this brings some light on this judge and her questionable ethics.

M_Lyons10 said,
I have never seen such an egregious show of preferential treatment in my life. I hope this brings some light on this judge and her questionable ethics.

Probably one of the reasons she is ****ed off at Samsung. This shows the kind of Judge she is.

From her bias towards apple, you would think she's on their payroll. This judge needs to be removed from the case and an impartial one appointed.

M_Lyons10 said,
I have never seen such an egregious show of preferential treatment in my life. I hope this brings some light on this judge and her questionable ethics.

You don't remember the Microsoft antitrust case? The appeals court practically accused Judge Jackson of violating his oath of office.

And if the Microsoft case was anything to go by, this might not end up being such a terrible thing for Samsung. The more egregiously the judge behaves in court, the more grounds you have for endless rounds of appeals.

Of course, you'd prefer to win -- but if you're going to lose anyway, then you hope the judge is as biased as possible.