Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung were at odds right at the start of the trial over the constitution of jurors. They continue to be at odds at the end of the trial, this time over the worksheet to be provided to the jurors for delivering their verdict.
The Korean consumer electronics giant, Samsung, wants a detailed worksheet to be provided to the jurors containing questions such as whether different applications within a smartphone infringe upon certain patents.
Apple wants a more brief and streamlined worksheet for the jurors.
Last week Judge Lucy Koh had suggested that the chief executives of the two warring companies should get on the phone and try for an out-of-court settlement rather than let the decision go to jury debate.
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Commenting that both companies had a lot at stake, she had also suggested that failing an out of court settlement they could at least try to simplify the patents claims so that it could help in the juror deliberations.
However, both companies came back with the response that they could not progress in narrowing each other's claims against the other company. According to a joint filing by the lawyers of both companies, the parties "met and conferred about case narrowing, but have not been able to narrow their cases further."
The companies will argue in front of Judge Koh in favour of their respective verdict forms for the jurors. The Judge will be listening to the arguments but the final decision on what form the compromised work sheet will take will be her decision.
Samsung and Apple are required to file "no more than 16 pages of their 8 high priority objections by 8:00 a.m. on Monday," but are no longer allowed to file further objections.
Jurors have the difficult task of not only sifting through all the evidence presented over the last three weeks but they also have to wade through three different types of intellectual Property claims pertaining to product design, phone features and wireless communication standards.
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