Apple and Samsung have been ordered by U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh to narrow their patent-infringement lawsuit case scheduled for trial in 2014.
The Judge told lawyers from both companies that they must “focus and streamline” their cases to 25 patent claims, or elements of the patents at issue, and 25 accused products.
Koh stated that “You’ve already been litigating this thing for a year; you must know something about what’s your best case.”
In yet another round of squabbling, Apple filed a motion to include Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones and tablet computer in the case. Samsung retaliated by claimed “all generations” of Apple’s iPhone and iPads infringe at least three of its patents.
Koh last month rejected Apple’s request to add additional damages to the first patent-infringement case between the two companies in San Jose. In that case, a jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion, finding that Samsung infringed six of the Apple’s patents. However, that verdict is being disputed by Samsung due to various problems with the jury and other procedural issues.
I have to note that Apple has sued Samsung everywhere else in the world and, for the most part, lost all those cases except the one filed in their own backyard. Apple even got into trouble in England when they did not place a court ordered apology on their UK website. The court was so unhappy that they made Apple pick up Samsung’s legal fees for the affair.
At some point the “Big Boys” will have to grow up and do a deal that will make both their shareholders breathe easier. If this continues on too much longer, the litigation will start to affect the bottom line of both companies.
One can only hope for a little common sense, but, alas, I haven’t seen any sign of it yet.
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