Apple & Samsung Delay Jury Decisions As They Argue Over Verdict Paperwork [Report]


Apple and Samsung still can't see eye to eye.
Apple and Samsung still can't see eye to eye.

Apple and Samsung have now made their closing arguments against each other in the ongoing patent trial that is now entering week three, but they’re no closer towards seeing eye to eye. Both companies are now pushing for their own version of the jury’s verdict worksheet, which will be used to determine the outcome of the trial.

The sheet consists of around 12 pages of questions — each with “yes” or “no” checkboxes — related to patent infringement claims between Apple and Samsung. But Apple and Samsung can’t agree on the contents of the form, and the jury is now awaiting a compromised version from Judge Lucy Koh.

But Apple and Samsung can agree on one thing: That they don’t agree with each other. Both companies announced to the court on Saturday that they have “met and conferred about case narrowing, but have not been able to narrow their cases further.” That has prompted the trial to go to jury deliberation, but that can’t happen until Apple and Samsung make a decision on the jury worksheet.

AppleInsider reports that Apple wants a more streamlined approach to the worksheet, with questions related to the devices involved in the case themselves. Whereas Samsung wants to make things a little more complex, asking more detailed questions about whether or not certain smartphone apps infringe upon certain patents.

Both companies will argue their case before Koh today, before the judge makes the final decision on what the worksheet will consist of. Both were required to submit “no more than 16 pages of their 8 high priority objections by 8:00 a.m. on Monday.” Once this is done, neither party can file any further objections.

In addition to determining the infringement, the jury will also decide the damages in the despite. But their job won’t be easy. They’ll be required to decide on three different types of intellectual property claims related to design, features, and wireless communication standards.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Via: AppleInsider