Apple has received some bittersweet news in its ongoing litigation with Samsung as an appeals court has ruled that, yes, the iPhone’s design was copied, but that the overall look of a phone can’t be protected by law.
And here we were thinking there’s such a thing as a design patent!
Apple is looking to bar Samsung executives with knowledge of leaked confidential information from negotiating any mobile device licenses for the next two years.The U.S. District Court is currently considering imposing sanctions against Samsung and its lawyers due to concerns that the company’s law firm, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, may have shared confidential information from Apple with Samsung — including information about Apple’s patent licensing agreements with Nokia, Ericsson, Sharp and Philips, which was marked as viewable only by attorneys.
Throughout the Samsung vs. Apple patent trial, Judge Lucy Koh has been a stern and sardonic overseer that has more often than not resembled a fight between children than an actual lawsuit. Now Koh is speaking up again, telling Samsung and Apple that, once again, they are wasting everyone’s time throwing a million and one allegations at one another, and that they need to “focus and streamline” their cases against one another.