Apple seeks sanctions against Samsung

Apple seeks sanctions against Samsung

Summary: In response to Samsung releasing evidence excluded from the patent battle, Apple is planning to file "emergency sanctions" against its rival.

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The technology giant is seeking emergency sanctions against rival smartphone maker Samsung after the latter released documents to the press following an exclusion from court. 

A letter addressed to judge Lucy Koh, who is overseeing the high-profile case, explains why Samsung chose to leak the excluded documents to specific media outlets. Filed by John B. Quinn of Samsung's law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan yesterday, Apple's legal team found its explanation to be unsatisfactory.

In response, Lee wrote:

"Mr. Quinn's declaration does not adress two of the Court's questions: who drafted the statement and who released it. Samsung's multiple references to the jury in its statement make plain its intent that the jurors in our case learn of arguments the Court has excluded through the press."

He continued:

"This deliberate attempt to influence the trial with inadmissible evidence is both improper and unethical."

That, naturally, is not the end of the matter. Apple is planning to file "emergency motion for sanctions" as well as "other relief that may be appropriate." In other words, the technology giant doesn't plan to let Samsung get away with it.

The evidence in question? In addition to internal emails that suggested Apple's iPhone designs were based on ideas gleaned from Sony products, the South Korean company wanted to submit data on its F700 smartphone design, which predates the iPhone. In a statement released to CNET, Samsung stated that "excluded evidence would have established beyond doubt that Samsung did not copy the iPhone design."

After being excluded, the company took the issue into its own hands, releasing the evidence with an accompanying statement to the press. 

Now the jury has been chosen and evidence has been debated and on occasion excluded, the trial will resume on Friday with the continued testimony of Apple SVP Phil Schiller. The patent infringement battle between the companies is based on both accusing the other of violating design and technology patents.

Apple is seeking $2.5 billion in financial damages.

Check out sister site CNET's live coverage of the trial

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  • Apple is starting on the down side from the curve

    And keep trying knock out the competition. This's happening due that they have reached their innovation limit. What's easy too see. Latest realeases were not innovative products, with many features copied from others sources, mean Android, the iPhone with that tiny screen is loosing markert. Bigger screens are one way trip. The new OS have very small changes (it's funny see they expend a lot cash to say that the version x.y.z now is x.y.z1) Windows give us more improvement with those updates for free than Lion does in a year. Apple is loosing traction and this will be visiblein a coupke of years.
    villacak
  • Apple is starting on the down side from the curve

    And keep trying knock out the competition. This's happening due that they have reached their innovation limit. What's easy too see. Latest realeases were not innovative products, with many features copied from others sources, mean Android, the iPhone with that tiny screen is loosing markert. Bigger screens are one way trip. The new OS have very small changes (it's funny see they expend a lot cash to say that the version x.y.z now is x.y.z1) Windows give us more improvement with those updates for free than Lion does in a year. Apple is loosing traction and this will be visiblein a coupke of years.
    villacak
  • Apple patented ideas that belong to other people

    The design of these tablets can be found in various sci-fi movies.
    For example the movie Event Horizon from 1997 shows an iPad like computer @ 1h10m.
    Examine other sci-fi movies and you will see these tablets occurring many time.
    Remember that it isn't purely tech people who come up with innovative ideas, it normally comes from visionary artists and writers. As an artist and writer myself I can vouch that the things I am drawing and putting into my own novels are the things that the leading tech companies have not thought of yet.
    Solarcyb
    • I don't think apple is the problem

      I think the patent office is the real culprit.
      Jean-Pierre-
      • One side of a 3 sided coin

        They are in general failing from undermanning, underknowledge, and bullying from Government and big business.

        This leaves them wide open (and the patent system) for misuse.

        Bigger question is how do we fix it......
        rhonin
    • wow!

      Its ironic that you posted what you did because just yesterday the EXACT thought came to my mind!
      trob6969
      • Publish and be damned

        If you had published (or circulated in your internal email) then you could have used it in evidence. Oh- there's no commercial gain so you couldn't sue for prior art.
        HugoM
      • Publish and be damned

        If you had published (or circulated in your internal email) then you could have used it in evidence. Oh- there's no commercial gain so you couldn't sue for prior art.
        HugoM
    • A movie prop is hardly an invention if it doesn't actually *DO* anything.

      I love the sci-fi geeks and their idea that a movie prop (without any real technology involved, just a story around how it "might" appear on the surface) predates a real, usable invention.

      At the time Event Horizon was released, Apple had already been a couple of years into the market with Newton which is considered one of the first feasible PDAs, and much closer to what a real "idea" of what a tablet would be than a simple movie prop.
      daftkey
      • A movie prop can be prior art if the patent is a *Design* patent

        As long as the movie prop shows or inherently suggests the features of the design patent, which is, afterall, simply a series of drawings, then a movie prop can serve as prior art. Design patents are by definition non-functional.
        gwartnet
      • But when you are trying to sue over the appearance

        then seeing it in a movie years ahead of release means EVERYTHING!
        timspublic1@...
    • 1997?

      You must me a youngin if your history of tablets only goes back to 1997.

      http://liquidpubs.com/blog/2010/11/08/apple-their-tablet-computer-history/
      dave95.
    • And Jules Versne shot a guy to the Moon with a cannon

      I hope that after you graduate, you invent the warp drive and are unable to patent it or profit from your invention in any way because Star Trek showed warp drives in the 1960s.
      Robert Hahn
      • Star Trek

        Remember Yeoman Rand on Star Trek brought Captain Kirk a tablet computer to sign off his log entries. 1967?

        My first tablet computer was a Toshiba T100X running a 386 processor. About 1993 I think.
        rickpalen
        • and never forget :)

          Knight-Ridder predicted iPad-like tablet in 1994
          rhonin
  • Yeah

    Because Apple knows the evidence clearly makes a case against the idea that Samsung copied their phone... Also, it shows they used Sony ideas and then applied for a patent based on those ideas.
    slickjim
    • Don't be a creep

      Erm, those were an Apple designer's ideas of what a Sony phone might look like. No Sony ideas were used or harmed in the process. Please do not play Toddybottom and recite things that you know to be false. That's creepy.
      Robert Hahn
    • @Peter Perry

      Do you have idea what you're talking about?

      A design study by Apple about what a Sony phone might look like?
      The Sony Walkman that was inspired by the iPod that was an inspiration for a design study?

      I know you hate Apple, but please, try not to let your prejudice make you post foolish things.
      msalzberg
      • -> "The Sony Walkman that was inspired by the iPod..."

        Which Walkman?

        Remember that the portable music player existed before the iPod, it's just that pre-iPod PMPs were complex, designed by engineers (I know, I had a few). Apple just took an existing item and made it easier for stupid people to use.
        PollyProteus
        • This one.

          http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/08/01/the-sony-device-samsung-claims-inspired-apples-iphone/
          msalzberg