Apple and Samsung were ordered soon to scale back their ongoing patent battle so they won’t subject jurors to “cruel and unusual punishment,” a California judge said. Reported by IDG News Service, Judge Lucy Koh ordered Apple and Samsung to streamline their cases so jurors can get an improved grip on the issues available. Being forced to evaluate lots of patents, trademarks, as well as other claims is “cruel and unusual punishment to a jury, so I’m not really prepared to take action,” Koh said after a Wednesday status conference, IDG said.
In a Tuesday joint filing, Apple said it would be happy to ditch one of many eight patents it can be asserting, and also “several dozen patent claims.” They deal with touch-screen hardware, tap to zoom and navigate technology, and status bars, among other things. Despite these concessions, however, Samsung said there is still too much ground to pay inside 25 hours that every side must present their cases. Samsung also took issue with the truth that Apple was late in informing Samsung about which claims it might be willing to drop. When that data appeared available, “it became clear that Apple we had not sufficiently reduced its case,” Samsung said.
“Apple’s purported reductions do virtually nothing to streamline the truth because each one of the intellectual property assets Apple says it will drop are cumulative of other claims,” in accordance with Samsung. Judge Koh apparently agreed and said the truth could be pushed time for 2013 instead of august if the deal is not reached. Recently, she ordered both the sides into settlement talks, which can be scheduled for May 21-22, but a legal contract is much from the done deal.
A recent filing, meanwhile, included as well several amusing requests from either side – from Apple’s demand that Samsung’s logo not be displayed inside the courtroom to Samsung’s request that content from Apple-related blogs be banned. True extends back to April 2011, when Apple suing Samsung to copy the look and feel of its iPhone and iPad in their flagship Samsung galaxy s line of devices. Samsung responded with a countersuit, along with the case has now expanded to over 50 lawsuits in 10 countries.