Thursday, August 2, 2012

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Leaving No Stones Unturned, Wants Legal Action against Samsung Attorney

The Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) v Samsung case is taking new turns every now and then. Apple Inc. got in touch with the US District Judge Lucy Koh on Thursday asking for a fair punishment for Samsung, whose attorney’s conduct raised eyebrows in several spheres.

Apple had filed a lawsuit against Samsung electronics last year in a federal court in San Jose, California accusing that the latter had copied features of iPad and iPhones. Samsung had countersued Apple. Trial started this week with lofty stakes proceedings between both the companies.

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On Tuesday, Judge Lucy Koh had restricted Samsung’s lawyers from presenting some proofs during opening statements. Samsung had emailed links to that evidence to the reporters that very afternoon, along with the declaration that jury must be aware of all kinds of evidences to arrive at a fair judgment.

John Quinn, Samsung attorney from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, acknowledged in a court proceeding that took place on Wednesday that he had passed the press statement but he had mentioned that it was not intended to manipulate the jury in any way. The statement was legal and ethical.

According to John Quinn’s statement, members of the jury were already selected when the statement was made and the presentation of public exhibits had taken place. The members of the jury have been particularly instructed not to pay attention to media reports when it comes to this case.

However, Apple found this conduct ‘egregious’. Adam Yates, a Samsung spokesman, said that the company will submit a comment on this. In Yates’ opinion, Apple’s filing has no base.

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A typical sanction for attorney misconduct calls for a monetary fine. What Apple is asking Koh is to rule that its phone design patents are valid and that Samsung has violated them. The jury has been selected to decide on the issue.

The trial is scheduled to recommence on Friday. 

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