Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Get Powerful App Acceleration with Cisco. In a world where time is money, you need to accelerate the speed at which data moves through your data center. Cisco UCS Invicta delivers powerful, easy-to-manage application acceleration for data-intensive workloads. So you can make decisions faster and outpace the competition. Learn More.
Mobile Industry News
Next Generation Data Center Is Here!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Judge Seeks
Judge Seeks 'Global Peace' in Apple-Samsung Patent War

By Barry Levine
December 9, 2012 9:59AM

    Bookmark and Share
"If there is any way this court can facilitate some sort of resolution, I'd like to do that," said U.S. District Judge Luch H. Koh of the ongoing patent battle between Apple and Samsung. Koh said such a resolution "would be good for consumers and good for the industry." Samsung's legal team has said it is open to a settlement, but Apple has refused.
 


"I think it is time for global peace." That desire for a cessation of hostilities, possibly inspired by the holiday season, was spoken by a federal judge to lawyers from Apple and Samsung as they returned to court over their patent battle.

U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh's desire was expressed during a court hearing in San Jose on Thursday. In response to the $1.05 billion verdict against it this past summer, Samsung is seeking a new trial or a substantial reduction of the judgment, and Koh has said she would consider the company's requests. Koh has already questioned whether some of the 26 components of the total award, such as the $58 million for violation of "tap and zoom" technology, may be out of proportion.

Apple, which filed the original U.S. lawsuit in 2011 over alleged infringements of its intellectual property by Samsung, has asked that millions more be added to the award, as well as a permanent ban against the U.S. sale of more than two dozen Samsung smartphone models. The jury in the trial had determined that various Samsung smartphones were illegally using protected Apple technology.

'Compete Through the Courthouse'

Apple filed another suit earlier this year, which alleged that newer Samsung products were also infringing on its patents. That trial date is not until 2014. Meanwhile, the companies are engaged in a worldwide legal war, with suits, countersuits, trials, temporary injunctions and judgments in a variety of countries over similar issues.

Koh's request for global peace came after the two sides had presented their most recent arguments and she had asked, as she has done before, "When is this case going to resolve?"

When there were laughs in the courtroom, the judge noted that she wasn't joking, adding that, "If there is any way this court can facilitate some sort of resolution, I'd like to do that." Koh noted that such a resolution "would be good for consumers and good for the industry." Samsung's legal team has indicated it is open to discussing a settlement, but Apple has refused, calling the $1.05 billion fine "a slap on the wrist."

Apple's lawyers have also accused Samsung of "willfully" violating its protected intellectual property, while Samsung's have said Apple wants to "compete through the courthouse instead of the marketplace."

Misconduct by Jury Foreman?

In keeping with the theme of world war, Samsung's lead lawyer, Charles Verhoeven, described Apple's approach as "intentional engagement of thermonuclear war throughout the world."

In fairness to over-the-top bellicose metaphors, however, it should be noted that Verhoeven was referencing a statement attributed to Apple co-founder and CEO, the late Steve Jobs, who had said he was ready to commit $40 billion for "thermonuclear war" if necessary to prove that Google's Android platform, used in Samsung devices, copied the design and technology of Apple's iPhone.

Among the reasons for Samsung's request for a new trial is its charge of misconduct on behalf of the jury foreman, Velvin Hogan, because he did not disclose he had been sued by Seagate, for which he had previously worked in the 1990s and which has invested in Samsung.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Mobile Industry News
1.   Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Plans
2.   Asana Revamps Mobile App
3.   FTC Wants Fix for Mobile Cramming
4.   Rhapsody Hits 2 Million Subscribers
5.   T-Mobile Calls 'BS' on AT&T Promo


advertisement
Researchers Tout Battery Breakthrough
Lithium anode could triple capacity.
Average Rating:
FTC Wants Fix for Mobile Cramming
Overcharges are 'the perfect scam'.
Average Rating:
U.S. Firms Fish for Growth Overseas
Tech trendsetters are going abroad.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
New 'Backoff' Malware Slips Undetected into Retail Systems
'Malicious actors' are using a new variety of malware to access consumer payment data remotely through point-of-sale systems, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security.
 
IBM Beefs Up Identity Intelligence Security Solutions
Big Blue is betting big on identity intelligence. IBM just acquired a private firm with security software to govern user access to apps and data across cloud and on-premise environments.
 
USB Security Flaw Lets Hackers Hijack PCs
Hackers can use the firmware that controls USB functions to take control of computers, say security experts. That means there may be a new class of attack for which there are no defenses.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.