“Apple is facing a huge challenge in dealing with truckloads of Korean-language documents produced by Samsung in two federal lawsuits in California and two ITC investigations,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents.
“There’s a substantial risk for Apple that it may miss out on important and potentially incriminating evidence comparable to the “Lindholm email” only because the fewest of its lawyers can read and search Korean documents,” Mueller reports. “A patent case should mostly depend on technical facts, but the reality is that those technical facts are put before layperson juries, whose assessment of technical issues can be indirectly influenced by documents and testimony. And many of Samsung’s patent assertions against Apple relate to standard-essential patents, a field in which documents and testimony can be particularly relevant.”
Mueller reports, “Yesterday, two things happened that increase Apple’s chances of dealing with the language barrier. Through two of the law firms it’s already working with, Apple now has access to 73 additional, apparently Korean-American, lawyers as well as 20 document reviewers of the same ethnicity. And in one of the federal lawsuits, Apple was given a chance to take second depositions of up to ten Samsung witnesses since it previously didn’t have a fair chance to sift through late-produced documents in time for the original depositions.”
Read much more in the full article – recommended – here.