In layman’s terms, Judge Lucy Koh recently told Apple and Samsung: “Look, there’s no way I – or the jury – can be bothered going through these scores of patents with a fine-toothed comb. It’ll take forever. Chuck some of ‘em out or we'll be here till 2112.”
And that’s exactly what Apple and Samsung have done - in the hopes of sticking to the initially proposed July 30 trial date.
Apple has reportedly halved the number of patents it was moaning about, while Samsung has reduced its quota by a whopping 80%.
However, Apple in particular has done so without prejudice, which means it reserves the right to start whining about them again at a later date. Excellent.
A sentence in Apple’s filing explains (deep breath): “Obviously, Apple is not willing and should not be required to waive any right to a jury trial on claims and defenses that arise from Samsung’s continued assertion of patents that Samsung contends are essential to practice the UMTS telecommunication standard, including Apple’s Twenty-Fifth through Twenty-Ninth Counterclaims in Reply.”
With nonsense like that, you can understand why Judge Lucy Koh is keen to wrap this thing up post-haste.