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

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

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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108 Comments

99. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Isn't a witness supposed to be subpoenad by the court of law or something? Even if it was Samsung that did this, I'd still view it as a bribe.

102. doublehammer

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

these aren't "witnesses", they are "professional experts". This bearded dude has an entire website where he pimps his "flip phone expertise" for an hourly rate. He's a professional court room expert. Of course, by his own admission on the stand he has no experience at all with smartphones.... soo i dont really know how he can be an "expert" for this trial. He's a professor that makes more money being on the stand then by teaching students.

107. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Which is just confusing- it just seems wrong for someone to be paid to appear in court. I would understand if Apple paid him for consultation outside court, but payining a man to appear in court as your witness does amount to bribery. It would have been a sad thing if he had decided to go against Apple on the stand. Apple would sure sue him LOL!

96. aikonix

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Anyone else notice how grungy he looked in his first article, then after his $75 grand pay-out, he now looks like an Apple Employee and MUCH more brighter/better looking?

77. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

sorry for my typos again..

76. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Galaxy S is a ling history by now considering tech standards...what would happen with the galaxy S and galaxy tab in any case..after apple(if) win the trial..

71. AppleWho

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

Guys like ardent and taco probably never experienced a really android phone with even GB (2.3.4+), ICS, or JB - they come on here and whine about android and tell us how great overpriced iproducts are....company schills...

79. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I have a Galaxy Tab 7.7 with ICS

81. doublehammer

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

If you had something with ICS on it, you would not go back to your iphone.

86. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

ICS is nothing special

95. aikonix

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

@doublehammer, please bro your talking to a iFish here, hes not as smart as the sheep

103. doublehammer

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

oh.. im aware. he breathes apple copywrited air.

104. AppleWho

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

Dude, now I know you are lying.....go troll some other site, son'

66. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

$75k to say yes it's a rectangle, yes it's black and yes it's a touchscreen? My three year old would have done it for $25k.

100. hawke9150

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Would of been a GREAT way to get that college fund started

49. rickywinataa

Posts: 262; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

wow apple... what a great strategy you have

43. hawke9150

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Pay me $75,000 to say that shapes and colors are the property of Apple, oh wait a mement, I have a brain and know that they have been around since the dawn of time.

37. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Give me $75,000 Apple, i'll tell the courts Samsung copy you by using a "S" in their product name. Since Apple already used a single letter in their, no one else should be able to use one.

28. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I am going to say this: it didn't take a genius to see where the market was headed in terms of cell phone design -- especially if your job was to keep up on design trends. With the rising popularity of Windows Phones at the time, the icon based BlackBerry, touchscreen based Nokia phones, and the design of GPS/TV Screens/PDAs did Apple somehow think it was the only company going to use the simple touch screen in middle/black bezel/silver border look with a cell phone? Are we to believe that LG and Apple came up with nearly the same exact design but Samsung couldn't? That other products that came out before that look remarkably similar to the iPhone couldn't be used as design precursors?

47. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

You keep forgetting, Apple's design came out with world's best mobile OS. Prada's OS was garbage, which goes to show you can't judge a book by it's covers or a cell phone by it's shell.

51. Aeires unregistered

Best OS by whose estimation? Yours?

58. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Samsung's CEO said the iPhone is like heaven and his phones like earth.

67. willard12 unregistered

Apple's CEO said we've been shameless about stealing good ideas.

74. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He said that about a WinMo phone from 2008, the Omnia.

82. doublehammer

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

That was a horrid phone.

65. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

"best" is subjective, McDonalds sells the most hamburgers does that mean they are the best...NO and the OS isn't on trial here its the design stop comparing apples to oranges

75. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well apparently you can judge it by its shape and rounded corners, eh?

84. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And you keep forgetting, Apple are the ones suing over the shape, color, centered touchscreen, etc...all things which LG released first with the Prada. Prior art invalidates patents.

93. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Doesnt matter about the OS. The overall phone design....that Apple keeps trying to sue over....was done either a lil before or at the same time as the iPhone. Why do Apple fanboys always try to discredit products that sucked or didnt sell well? That shouldnt dismiss its existence. By the way....funny you mention the OS. If anything...I would call Android a copy of the LG Prada. From the widgets to the types of OS. The Prada had a Flashed based OS. For all we know....the OS on the Prada might have been a precursor of Android.

97. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Bad argument, we are talking look and feel, not the OS. If you have a Prada it looks remarkably like an iPhone just like the F700 does as well.

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