Next Apple versus Samsung trial, set for 2014, could be delayed or canceled

Next Apple versus Samsung trial, set for 2014, could be delayed or canceled
Judge Lucy Koh became a household name, at least in the households of smartphone fanatics, by presiding over the Samsung vs. Apple patent trial last year. By now, you should know that Apple ended up winning a verdict of $1.05 billion, although Samsung is going to appeal that verdict. All of the post-trial motions have been ruled upon by Judge Koh and now both sides are putting things together for the sequel to the heavyweight legal battle, which is set to start in 2014.

But hold on a second. Judge Koh has asked both sides if the sequel should be delayed until the appeals court makes a final ruling on the first case. Apple appealed Koh's decision not to issue permanent bans against several of Sammy's devices, and the appeals court won't reach a decision until September. The next trial is supposed to start in March 2014 and revolves around the '604 patent known as the Siri patent which deals with universal search. "I just don't know if we really need two cases on this," said the judge, who spoke with both sides on Thursday in a San Jose, California, federal court. Koh says that a final ruling from the federal appeals court would cover both lawsuits which would mean that the 2014 trial would not be necessary.

Apple attorney William Lee argues that both cases should proceed as planned since each case deals with a different patent. Samsung attorney Victoria Maroulis disagrees, saying that there is substantial "overlap" between the two cases. Koh asked attorney's for both sides to discuss the idea and report back to her on March 7th. Koh also asked, "I assume there have been no further settlement discussions or at least none that have gone anywhere?" Apple's attorney Lee responded by saying, "The answer to the last question is, that's correct."

source: Reuters

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18 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Then there will be another apocalyptic "the world will" end theory and the hysteria starts again....Ef My El....

2. deadstroke

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

jus wait an see what happin next .. that all folks

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

PLEASE CANCEL AND ENOUGH WITH THIS B.S. can we just get back too making good TECH PHONES?

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

With more than 100 bIllions in their warchest they are unlikely to stop their bulls**t lawsuits. What gets to me however is their CEO Tim Cook pretending that he don't approve those lawsuits only to have more of them under he's charge. B.S

8. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

If apple and samsung were grade school kids that's exactly what their parents would tell them and it would end then and there. Sadly these too companies are too busy throwing hissy fits instead of using common sense and reason.

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Apple is the one at fault here. Samsung is just standing up for itself.

4. nikenturd unregistered

Really useless trial if you ask me cuz Samsung releases new phones every 6 months....how the heck can you ban a product that is already out of the market?

5. nikenturd unregistered

Apple should file an advanced complaint since the S4 and the Note 3 is a blatant copy of their iPhone....;-)

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

If Samsung called their phone the new galaxy or galaxy 4S how?

13. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

They did already I think. Lol

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Judge Koh doesn't want a repeat of the last psychodrama. She is going to do everything in her power to avoid a second trial. Expect her to dismiss the second litigation without prejudice. Apple can (and will) appeal her decision. The decision on the dismissal appeal will not be handed down until after the appeals court has made their ruling on the first lawsuit. 2013 isn't going to be a great year for Apple on the litigation front. Time to start innovating. Like with an update to the iOS UI.

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

all she have too do is too tell apple to FCK OFF.

10. darkdroid

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

APPLE- calling dibs on innovation so you can't have it .

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Gaawwwdd! APPLE stop acting like a bitch who has unresolved issues already!!! You're becoming more and more like the forbidden fruit. Let the lawsuits go, get along like good children and, hopefully, you'll earn fans in our hearts...hopefully.

14. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Samsung won't pay a dime, and as soon as the counter-sue documents are ready (LTE, other patents), Apple will drop legal action entirely. But it's too late, the lawsuit generated $10BIL worth of advertisement for Sammy, and Apple's forced emotional split will result in major supply issues already being reported. They should've never sued someone they depend on, that is just stupid and Tim Cook is already in damage control mode.

15. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I guess going by the publicity and popularity that Samsung got and the way Apple shares tanked, i am sure Samsung wouldn't mind it :)

16. Savage unregistered

So a trial set in 2014 top ban products launched in 2012. Real smart.

18. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Apple should continue the trial and sur for the use of numbers. Apple is up to five meaning that they used numbers first while samsung is still yet to release 4. :-P

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