Apple Wants Court To Sanction Samsung Over Leaking Evidence Not To Be Used During The Trial
Yesterday we told you about the dramatic start to the Apple VS Samsung patent trial of the century. Day one of the trial ended with Samsung going against Judge Lucy Koh’s orders that the Korean company would not be allowed to show evidence to the jury that it did not copy the iPhone. This evidence was in the form of PowerPoint slides that contained quotes from Apple design inventor Shin Nishibori, in which he said he had been asked to make a prototype based on the idea “if Sony was to make an iPhone, what would it be like?” Additionally Samsung was hoping to show off an early prototype that looked similar to the iPhone, but was created in 2006 called F700.
Although technically Samsung did not show the evidence directly to the jury, it released a press release and sent copies of it to various media outlets. As such, according to BBC, Apple’s lawyer has called this move by Samsung an attempt to “pollute the jury.” In fact, even Judge Lucy Koh was said to extremely annoyed by the fact that Samsung went public with this information.
Due to the fact that Samsung released this information when the jury will be away from court for two days, Apple thinks it is clear the Korean company was trying to prejudice the jury to rule in its favor. According to AllThingsD, Apple thinks Samsung’s punishment should be that the court sanctions it.
Apple said the court should sanction Samsung by ruling that the patents at issue in the case are valid and infringed by Samsung. And if the court declines to do so, it should at the very least instruct the jury that Samsung has engaged in “serious misconduct,” and bar the company from any further mention of its “Sony style” argument in court.
Of course Samsung was quick to respond and said it will dispute Apple’s allegations. “Apple’s filing is baseless and we will be filing a response,” a company spokesman said. We will keep you guys updated with more court drama between Apple and Samsung, but in the mean time stay tuned and leave any thoughts in the comments section below.