Samsung lawyer defends actions in patent battle with Apple

Samsung lawyer John Quinn has defended the release of a statement containing evidence ruled inadmissible in the patent dispute with Apple

Samsung lawyer John Quinn has defended his decision to release a statement containing evidence the judge in the patent dispute with Apple had ruled inadmissible in court.

He denied wrongdoing in a declaration filed with the San Jose, California court saying the evidence was "previously in the public record", according to the BBC.

Samsung claimed that the excluded evidence would have "established beyond doubt" that Samsung did not copy the iPhone design, and said that "fundamental fairness "requires that the jury decide the case based on all the evidence.

Samsung had hoped to present evidence in court that showed it had designed the F700 phone, which Apple alleges is a copy of the iPhone, in 2006 before the iPhone was announced.

Apple's legal team alerted Judge Lucy Koh to the statement and accused Samsung of attempting to try the case in the press and "pollute" the jury.

Judge Koh demanded that Samsung reveal who drafted the press release and who authorised it.

In response, Quinn said: "Contrary to the representations Apple's counsel made to this court, Samsung did not issue a general press release and more importantly, did not violate any court order or any legal or ethical standards."

The trial is the latest patent battle between Apple and Samsung, but the first before a US jury.

Apple is seeking $2.5bn in damages, alleging that Samsung has infringed seven of its patents, while Samsung is reportedly seeking royalties of as much as 2.4% for each Apple device sold, in relation to five patents it claims Apple is infringing.

The trial is due to resume on Friday.

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I'm sure someone somewhere has the original pattents for LCD tv's and the function of pressing a number on a remote control and that number channel appering on the tv, this is surely pattented ? and if not why not ? it appears obvious functional requirements can be pattented on a mobile device then why not on tv's, well because it would be damned stupid to assume otherwise. Like most of the pattent disputes, the form and function of these items have to behave in a certain way for the customer to understand what the item is. Release a spherical shape device with full tocuh function which you sit under your chin to talk in to and people think wtf ! a device should look a certain way and behave a certain way these basic principles are not anyones idea simply fact.


Just like a playground squabble - not very different from much of politics in the western world.


I thought the Mac PC is a completely copycat from Microsoft and other leading brands? Is this what they called 'Intellectual Property'?