Masses of Samsung evidence binned

Masses of Samsung evidence binnedI’m hoping to add a No Patent Stories clause to my contract, as the resultant hair pulling has left me balder than Matt Lucas.

A few days ago blah blah blah, and a few days before that blah blah blah (mostly Apple moaning about stuff). Now we’re hearing that a ton of evidence submitted by Samsung has been emphatically dismissed by Judge Lucy Koh – the one who likes to to and fro. Hey, that rhymes!

Essentially, Samsung cited loads of junk that it felt had potentially inspired the iPad - or at least come before it, ultimately seeking to prove that Apple didn’t invent the freakin’ tablet.

However, a number of items – including Space Odyssey, Tomorrow People, and “Sony Style Design” – have been stamped “Not admissible” by the honorable Judge Koh.

It’s suggested that Koh is effectively saying: “It’s not ok for you to copy Apple just because Apple copied everyone else.” Or something.

Bizarrely, in the UK, the High Court recently referred to “approximately 50 examples of prior art” with features Apple claimed were unique to the iPad. Why you so crazy, America?

via: SlashGear

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matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 3, 2012 at 13:02

How the hell this judge hasn't been investigated, or at least her work "peer reviewed", by now amazes me. I have a feeling Apple will win this case, and she'll force Samsung to hand over the full $2.5b that Apple are asking for.

Thank god the UK legal system has some semblance of sense and we don't have to deal with crap like this over here.

socialjeebus  Aug. 3, 2012 at 13:40

Matt I'm convinced that in the long-term it will be settled, any judgement such as this, regardless of the outcome is likely to be appealed ad infinitum. I think this means we'll see it settled out of court once both parties have had enough, which granted doesn't look like happening anytime soon.

I personally believe that the case now has transcended IP law and has effectively become a marketing tool for both companies, with Apple saying "look we've got the best designs, blah blah and our biggest rival had to copy us, so they must be inferior" and Samsung saying "hey Apple can't make their phone without us and they've had to freeload off of our technology just produce their products, so we must be better!" However I think neither company actually realises that the vast majority of customers have no interest whatsoever in the case, in fact its a shame HTC or anyone else can't get their act together and capitalise on the brutal idiocy on display. It's become a urinating contest and it become increasingly clear that the only winners will be the lawyers.

Pondlife  Aug. 3, 2012 at 14:20

How the hell this judge hasn't been investigated, or at least her work "peer reviewed", by now amazes me. I have a feeling Apple will win this case, and she'll force Samsung to hand over the full $2.5b that Apple are asking for.

From what I've read it's Samsungs own fault for not putting the evidence in at the right time in the right fashion. I think apple may win part of this at least though but was always likely to go to appeal like SJ says.

socialjeebus  Aug. 3, 2012 at 14:46

Apple need some kind of win in this one because they're going to lose 3G patents and the antitrust suits.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 3, 2012 at 20:20

Well, the thing is though: whatever Apple was inspired by - there WAS no device of its type AND looks prior to the iPAD. On the other hand: there was the iPad BEFORE the Galaxy tablets. And as I said numerous times before: few Android tablets look as similar to the iPad as Samsung's... Worse dozens of lawsuits? Nah, not imho. But I would lock up all judges.

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