cfsp key=”google_adsense_300x250″]”A lawyer for Samsung Electronics Co. said the company’s decision to send reporters disputed evidence in its patent case with Apple Inc. was ‘lawful’ and ‘ethical,’ in a filing responding to federal Judge Lucy Koh’s request to explain the unusual move,” Jessica E. Vascellaro reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“John Quinn, a lawyer for Samsung who is managing partner of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, said in a filing Wednesday morning that the company emailed the exhibits—which Judge Koh had blocked from consideration by the jury—in response to requests from media and denied any wrongdoing,” Vascellaro reports. “Samsung believes the exhibits show the iPhone was inspired by Sony Corp., among other things.”

Vascellaro reports, “‘Far from violating any order, Samsung’s transmission to the public of public information disclosed in pretrial filings is entirely consistent with this Court’s statements’ that the “workings of litigation must be open to public view,” the declaration by Mr. Quinn states. ‘Samsung’s brief statement and transmission of public materials in response to press inquiries was not motivated by or designed to influence jurors,’ the declaration says. Mr. Quinn adds that the exhibits were already in the public record.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: No, Samsung’s intent was not to influence jurors, it was merely to inform Aunt Tillie and the rest of the general public that Samsung believes that a 2006 Sony Walkman inspired by Apple’s iPod that was predated by a 2005 Apple prototype that looks pretty much exactly like current-gen iPhone is somehow relevant and will help prevent their Apple product cloning operation from being harshly judged as the slavish patent- and trade dress-infringers that they so blatantly are.

Here’s what we think: Samsung knows they are toast, so they’re going to try to create as much chaos as possible in order to claim that an “angry” judge did not grant them “fair” treatment after the Galaxy S hits the fan.

Judge Koh should nip Quinn’s contemptible shenanigans in the bud.

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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