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Design expert got $75,000 from Apple "so far" for his testimony

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Design expert got $75,000 from Apple
We’re already in the second week of the massive Apple vs Samsung legal battle, and lastly Apple brought a design expert in to give his educated opinion about whether the Samsung Galaxy S infringes on Apple patents or not. The expert, Peter Bressler, confirmed each and every one of Apple’s claims. Bressler mainly verified that the Galaxy S has the same rectangular form as the iPhone along with features like black color, a display central on the front of the phone, and a lozenge-shaped speaker.

But who exactly is this expert and why should the court trust his opinion? Peter Bressler is an Associate University of Pennsylvania professor and the inventor of some 70 design patents. He also was a witness in seven other trials prior to that. Interestingly, the professor describes himself as an expert witness, something that Samsung stressed by noting that the professor does this for a living.

So far? $75,000.
And living takes money. One of Samsung’s lawyers, Charles Verhoeven, asked Bressler straight how much Apple paid him to give his expert opinion in this case. “So far?” Bressler asked. “$75,000.”

Verhoeven also brought up the fact that even though Bressler lists himself as an expert witness, the site where he does so is under construction.

Now, there’s a thin line here - it’s clear that the research to give an educated expert opinion takes time and that’s definitely worth some money. On the other hand, Samsung is using the fact that $75,000 “so far” is a pretty big sum and insinuates it could have swung the professor’s decision. It also puts a shade of doubt on the professor’s credibility given that even his website is under construction. What do you think? Should the judge take the expert’s opinion with a shade of doubt?

source: TechCrunch

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posted on 07 Aug 2012, 04:18 35

1. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


As expected.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 13:29 7

68. AppleWho (banned) (Posts: 57; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


This witness is a joke, just like this sham of trial, so far.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 19:15

87. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Wow...I didnt know you could pay ppl to testify ....for you.

Is this even legal?

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 18:54

105. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14193; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I think they know more about it than you do.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 04:19 46

2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Pay me lots of money and ill tell you how great Apple is too.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 08:52 3

44. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


After you invented some 70 designs, then let's talk.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 09:40 10

52. Aeires (unregistered)


Anyone know what the 70 designs are for?

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 10:10 19

53. TortillaSlap (Posts: 43; Member since: 05 Aug 2012)


Ardent, the man IN COURT UNDER OATH said he NEVER once designed a Smartphone. His phone "expertise" is limited to flip phones.
He also told the jury that "Every design element of the phone counts", then after samsung grilled him piece by piece about the designs... from bezels to speaker placement, size of screen, differences in thickness, materials used, # of buttons, ect.. he said "those dont count, just the over all design".
Ok, well once you take out all the individual design elements.. whats left? A black rectangle.

People need to read the actual trial transcripts instead of just assuming.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 19:16

88. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


And....what does that have to do with him being paid by Apple to testify?

A plane ticket cost $75,000?

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 04:19 35

3. Savage (unregistered)


75,000 $ just to say Samsung Galaxy looks like an iPhone? And he does say Apple paid him!

Are they allowed to do that? Kinda looks shady.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 04:23 16

4. sid8911 (Posts: 54; Member since: 29 May 2010)


lol apple at its best.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 04:24 6

5. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


PA I'm disappointed you've posted this troll bait. What do you expects get in the comments here?

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 04:28 25

6. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


If its true and released information to the public they have every right to post whatever kind of article they want.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 04:28 22

7. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


taco50 I'm disappointed you've decided to post in here. You should be ashamed of yourself.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 04:30 19

8. wendygarett (unregistered)


We hope you are the expert one who received this big sum since you are the die hard fanboy...

Btw, here a tissue for you :)

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 04:35 17

10. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


No, it's more like he's jealous he hasn't received any after all he has preached.

Keep preaching taco, Apple might actually cover your loss for purchasing their products.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 04:34 26

9. Savage (unregistered)


So you're saying PA shouldn't post when Apple looks bad?

Btw, I'm interested to see what you have to say defending Apple this time.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 06:12

31. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Getting paid to lie is one thing but when one thing is true to most eyes than who cares if he was paid. I don't care because both phones are equal in many aspects. Call me a fanboy but I like Apple and Samsung a lot and both companies made mistakes.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 07:18 2

38. tedkord (Posts: 12243; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


That's exactly what he's saying.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 10:11 1

54. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


This is actually standard procedure to pay an expert witness

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 16:05 4

80. doublehammer (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


just ask today's expert witness who got paid 80k so far to take the stand for Apple.

Just for easy math, thats $160k for 2 days and 2 witnesses. That is NOT standard procedure for most cases.. and we are just getting stared.

I'll wager that by the time were done the apple witnesses will add up to AT LEAST a million in "paid testimony".

yup.. totally unbiased.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 19:05

85. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Yes it is a standard procedure and the police actually does it all the time. However, the question asked was, how much have you been paid "so far". There's a limit to how much a witness get paid during a trial and whether or not it is reasonable. Is the expert witness going to be paid more than reasonable? If that's the case, the witness's words has a high possibility of being biased testimony. You're not wrong regarding it being a standard procedure, but there's more to it to just being a standard/normal procedure.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 12:15

101. doublehammer (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


And I doubt Samsungs "experts" are going to be getting anywhere near as much, otherwise they wouldnt be slamming every "apple expert" with the question knowing they will get the same line back when its Apple's turn to grind samsung's "experts".,

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 06:10 1

29. SGSatlantis (Posts: 226; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


And you decided to troll first! Unbelievable.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 13:31 1

69. AppleWho (banned) (Posts: 57; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


well, you have 35+ negatives so far - troll answers his own question.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 19:19

90. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Disappointed cuz it shows Apple in a bad, shady light?

Figures you would be disappointed...

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 06:50 1

108. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


PA i'm disappointed you still let taco50 have a account here. He never brings anything useful to a topic.

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 04:36 6

11. wendygarett (unregistered)


Please be honest... Mr expert... It should be 75millions :D

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 04:40

12. ishfaq.mehraj (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


ooo good way to make moey... i am also ready to give testimony against samsung... :-)

posted on 07 Aug 2012, 04:40 5

13. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


This guy may not be an expert.

Because you don't need an expert to tell you that Samsung copied Apple.

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