Goof by Samsung attorney Quinn allows Samsung internal email to be used as evidence

Goof by Samsung attorney Quinn allows Samsung internal email to be used as evidence
Samsung attorneys never believed in the old saying that "Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can never harm you." John Quinn and the rest of the high powered (and paid) Samsung legal team were so scared of the jury in the Apple v. Samsung patent trial hearing a particular internal email from the Korean manufacturer, that they successfully fought to have it excluded from the trial. But when Samsung attorney John Quinn was cross-examining Samsung designer Justin Denison (who was called as a witness for Apple), Quinn accidentally referenced the memo and thus Judge Koh had no choice but to enter it as evidence.

While some legal experts called the email a "smoking gun," it merely seemed to show that Samsung was aware of the existence of the Apple iPhone, whose success did seem to dismay JK Shin, Samsung's head of mobile communications. In the email, Shin compares the difference in UX between Samsung's phones and the Apple iPhone as " adifference between Heaven and Earth." Shin writes that "influential people," seeing the iPhone, are saying that "Samsung is dozing off." Shin notes how his company had been following Nokia closely when "unexpected competitor" Apple comes from nowhere to deliver the Apple iPhone. "It's a crisis of design," writes Shin.

Other passages from the memo (reproduced below) include Shin calling the Apple iPhone the standard that both consumers and the industry are bringing up when it comes to UX design. Another line in the email from Shin has the executive relaying how everyone wants Samsung to make "something like the iPhone."

Later in the memo, Shin points out how difficult the Samsung OMNIAis to use and when comparing the 2007 Apple iPhone UX with that of the Samsung OMNIA, "it’s a difference between Heaven and Earth."

Samsung designer Denison, when asked about the memo, called it hyperbole used internally by Samsung and testified that Apple is not always first to market with a new idea. He brought up voice recognition features which were introduced by Samsung before Apple and said that he personally didn't feel "ripped off" when Apple put similar features on its products. He said that if the next Apple iPhone comes to market with a large screen, he would be fine with it even though Samsung's latest smartphones have featured larger screens like the 4.8 inch display on the Samsung Galaxy S III and the 5.3 inch screen on the Samsung GALAXY Note. Denison said larger screens are an industry trend.It sounds like the cross-examination of Denison by Quinn defused any leanings that the jury might have had reading Shin's email. Still, there was no line in the email that explicitly said that Samsung copied the Apple iPhone, so Samsung might have been worried over nothing.

source: AllThingsD (1), (2)

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