“After ‘begging’ the court to allow evidence it said would show that Apple’s iPhone was inspired by designs from Sony, Samsung Electronics, rebuffed by the judge in its high-profile patent dispute with Apple, decided to make the exhibits public anyway today,” Connie Guglielmo reports for Forbes.

“Apple’s lawyer Harold McElhinny called the move the most blatant example of contempt of court it had ever seen and an intentional effort to ‘pollute the jury,'” Guglielmo reports. “U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh told Samsung she wanted answers about who drafted the press release sent to reporters with the documents, which members of Samsung’s legal team authorized the distribution of the exhibits and what role Samsung lawyer John Quinn of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan played.”

Guglielmo reports, “Samsung’s press move came just hours after Koh rejected repeated requests by Quinn to make the information part of the four-week trial, which got underway today (jury selection was yesterday)… Apple and Samsung each delivered 90-minute opening statements today… The trial resumes in federal court in San Jose, California, on Aug. 3.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Samsung is run by idiots and/or has a death wish. Seems like both conditions are true, so here’s hoping the idiots get their wish ASAP.

Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:

Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab Trade Dress Infringement

Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

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