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

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.

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

1. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

As expected.

68. AppleWho

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

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

87. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Wow...I didnt know you could pay ppl to testify ....for you. Is this even legal?

105. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think they know more about it than you do.

2. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

44. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

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

52. Aeires unregistered

Anyone know what the 70 designs are for?

53. TortillaSlap

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

88. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And....what does that have to do with him being paid by Apple to testify? A plane ticket cost $75,000?

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.

4. sid8911

Posts: 54; Member since: May 29, 2010

lol apple at its best.

5. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

6. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

7. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

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

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 :)

10. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 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.

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.

31. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

38. tedkord

Posts: 17085; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's exactly what he's saying.

54. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

This is actually standard procedure to pay an expert witness

80. doublehammer

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 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.

85. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 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.

101. doublehammer

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 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".,

29. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

And you decided to troll first! Unbelievable.

69. AppleWho

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

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

90. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Disappointed cuz it shows Apple in a bad, shady light? Figures you would be disappointed...

108. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

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

11. wendygarett unregistered

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

12. ishfaq.mehraj

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

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

13. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 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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