Print 95 comment(s) - last by BifurcatedBoat.. on Aug 22 at 4:14 AM

  (Source: Comedy Central)
As with Motorola case, Apple is starting to get on the judge's nerves in its case against Samsung

Like a boss, Apple, Inc. (AAPL) went out and poured money into recruiting top tier legal representation to sue its rivals.  In U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, this synergy seemed on the verge of succeeding after Apple's lawyers micromanaged to exclude certain high profile pieces of evidence from rival Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930), while allowing its own star exhibits.  But it appears that yet again Apple is brushing off on its attorneys, as they've found a way annoy yet another judge.

After enduring the seeming harassment of a 75-page briefing requesting 22 rebuttal witnesses for next week, presiding Judge Lucy Koh changed her tone, no longer looking to give Apple any courtroom promotion.  In fact the filing had Judge Koh inquiring whether Apple attorneys had been busy scoring some coke.

She asked Apple why they would present her the document "when unless you're smoking crack you know these witnesses aren't going to be called!"

But Apple attorney William Lee insists that he wasn't looking for the free crack giveway, commenting, "First, your honor, I'm not smoking crack. I can promise you that."

He argued that a couple of the witnesses on his lists were Samsung's.  As Samsung and Apple's legal teams then fell into a noisy legal argument, she exclaimed, according to a courtroom reporter for The Verge, "I'm billing time because you all are being unreasonable."

Judge Koh had already pushed both sides to cut down on the time of their arguments, saying the court could not devote itself to being a full-time Apple v. Samsung court.  Apple tested the waters last week, asking Judge Koh to allow a rebuttal witness, designer Susan Kare, after its early design witnesses had struggled under cross-examination.

Judge Koh
Judge Koh has grown increasingly frustrated with Apple's attorneys during the lawsuit against Samsung. [Image Source: IB Times]

But Apple said Ms. Kare couldn't return to court until next week due to "family matters".

Irritated, Judge Koh told Apple's team that unless Ms. Kare could come this week, she wouldn't be coming at all.  But Apple's lawyers apparently couldn't take the hint, requesting  even more witnesses for next week on Thursday.

That kind of belligerent filings and judicial frustrations strikes eerily similar to that encountered in the case against Google Inc. (GOOG) subsidiary Motorola which Apple presented to Judge Richard A. Posner, a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals judge moonlighting in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago).

Judge Posner initially seemed inclined to listen to Apple's infringement claims, but after Apple insisted on appealing every single decision -- even its own victories -- with a slew of junk filings, his sentiments shifted sharply.  With both sides quibbling and unable to reach a settlement, he decided the best course of action was to toss out both sides' cases.  He dismissed the lawsuits "with prejudice".

As Judge Koh experiences a similar "eye opening" experience regarding Apple legal's policy of irritating filings, one has to wonder whether Apple v. Samsung might face a similar fate.

Source: The Verge

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: The Only People Apple Pisses Off
By amanojaku on 8/17/2012 12:49:14 PM , Rating: 3
Jobs != Einstein!!!

More accurately,

Einstein > Jobs

Jobs didn't change the world for the better, he just sold stuff. Hell, the guy isn't even known for being a big supporter of philanthropic work. And most people who knew him even a little hated him. Einstein had no detractors.

RE: The Only People Apple Pisses Off
By macdevdude on 8/17/12, Rating: -1
By Cheesew1z69 on 8/17/2012 2:06:08 PM , Rating: 2
He invented NONE of those....are you really this ignorant? Wait..we know the answer.. .

By momorere on 8/17/2012 2:09:37 PM , Rating: 2
I for one sure am glad that douchebag Jobs "invented" all those things you listed. Without him we wouldn't even be able to breathe. I don't wish death upon anyone but my God I'm glad that bastard is dead. You should really try and educate yourself with who invented what. Where is this time machine that Jobs "invented" and used to go back in time to create the first electronic computer back in 1948 at Manchester University ?? That is one device I'm glad other companies haven't "copied" yet.

By Cheesew1z69 on 8/17/2012 2:31:55 PM , Rating: 5
Oh, the irony...

Apple Slapped with Multitouch Patent Lawsuit posted by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Mar 2010 21:55 UTC IconI guess this is what some people would call "karma". Apple may shout off the rooftops that it invented multitouch, and that anyone else using it is clearly stealing it from them - but another company has taken offence to that, and has slapped the Cupertino giant with a patent infringement suit over multitouch. The company in question is Taiwanese chipmaker Elan Microelectronics, and they are suing Apple over patent no. 5,825,352, filed in February 1996, and granted in October 1998. The patent calls for a "method and apparatus for detecting an operative coupling between one or more fingers or other appropriate objects and a touch pad includes processes for detection of multiple maxima with intermediate minima in appropriate sequences to emulate the operations of cursor control and button actuations in a pointing and control device". In other words, multitouch. In 1996. More than ten years before Apple released the iPhone. "Multi-finger applications are becoming popular in smartphone and computer applications, particularly with support for multi-finger gestures integrated into the new Microsoft Windows 7 operating system," the company states, "The 352 patent is a fundamental patent to the detection of multi-fingers that allows for any subsequent multi-finger applications to be implemented." This is not some obscure patent that surfaced only recently. In 2008, Elan Microelectronics sued Synaptics over this very same patent, and the courts found that indeed, Synaptics and its products were in violation of this patent. In the end, the two companies settled the matter. Elan Microelectronics has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission, seeking a ban on imports of several Apple products (MacBook, iPhone, iPod Touch, Magic Mouse), including the iPad once it's released. "We have taken the step of filing the ITC complaint as a continuation of our efforts to enforce our patent rights against Apple's ongoing infringement. A proceeding in the ITC offers a quick and effective way for Elan to enforce its patent," the company said in a statement. Seeing Apple's and its followers' arrogance over multitouch, it's hard not to snicker a bit over this one. Wie kaatst kan de bal verwachten.

More irony...

Pixar John Lasseter, an employee at the Graphics Group, created 3-D short animation films to help sell their products . These short films gained so much attention that Disney and the Graphics Group (renamed Pixar) teamed up to release "Toy Story" in 1995. The film was a success and proved to cost less and take less time than producing 2-D animated films. Pixar's subsequent film releases, and those of other animation studios, proved that 3-D would be the future of animation.

Wait, more irony?

In 2000, the touchscreen Ericsson R380 Smartphone was released.[18] It was the first device to use an open operating system, the Symbian OS.[19] It was the first device marketed as a 'smartphone'.[20] It combined the functions of a mobile phone and a personal digital assistant (PDA).[21] In December 1999 the magazine Popular Science called the Ericsson R380 Smartphone one of the most important advances in science and technology.[22] It was groundbreaking in being as small and light as a normal mobile phone.[23] In 2002 it was followed up by P800.[24]

And yet, MORE....

The trackball, a related pointing device, was invented by Tom Cranston, Fred Longstaff and Kenyon Taylor working on the Royal Canadian Navy's DATAR project in 1952. It used a standard Canadian five-pin bowling ball. It was not patented, as it was a secret military project.[4] Independently, Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) invented the first mouse prototype in 1963, with the assistance of his colleague Bill English.[5] They christened the device the mouse as early models had a cord attached to the rear part of the device looking like a tail and generally resembling the common mouse.[6] Engelbart never received any royalties for it, as his patent ran out before it became widely used in personal computers.[7] The invention of the mouse was just a small part of Engelbart's much larger project, aimed at augmenting human intellect via the Augmentation Research Center.[8]

Oh, this to fun!

1936 Konrad Zuse - Z1 Computer First freely programmable computer.

Tablets? Think again!


I think that's enough history lesson for today....

Moron Troll...

By BifurcatedBoat on 8/22/2012 4:14:46 AM , Rating: 1
He didn't invent any of that. In fact, I don't think Apple has ever actually invented anything.

Apple has done a good job of taking other people's ideas and turning them into commercially successful, viable products.

I do have to give them credit for that. Even though they didn't invent smartphones, or even touchscreen smartphones, we might not have them in our pockets if not for Apple.

However, when your company's business model is based around copying other people's ideas, then to turn around and start firing off lawsuits because other companies re-copied what you copied, that's hypocritical and really, indefensible.

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke

Latest Headlines
Inspiron Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
September 25, 2016, 9:00 AM
The Samsung Galaxy S7
September 14, 2016, 6:00 AM
Apple Watch 2 – Coming September 7th
September 3, 2016, 6:30 AM
Apple says “See you on the 7th.”
September 1, 2016, 6:30 AM

Most Popular ArticlesAMD, Zen Processor might power the upcoming Apple MacBook Pro
September 30, 2016, 5:00 AM
Leaked – Samsung S8 is a Dream and a Dream 2
September 25, 2016, 8:00 AM
Are you ready for this ? HyperDrive Aircraft
September 24, 2016, 9:29 AM
Inspiron Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
September 25, 2016, 9:00 AM
Apple’s Siri Speaker is a Game Changer
September 26, 2016, 5:00 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki