Apple wants court to obscure Samsung logo on video display for jurors; exclude Jobs’ ‘thermonuclear war’ quote

“After just blogging about the technical and timeline-related part of a joint Apple-Samsung filing made a few hours ago, I now have some tidbits from the filing that are, in a way, more entertaining,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents. “In their filing, the parties explain, among many other things, what kinds of evidence-related issues they plan to raise ahead of the trial that is currently scheduled to begin on July 30 but may slip (as I stated in my aforementioned post). In this context, there are some true ‘gems.'”

Mueller reports, “Apple intends to bring a motion for ‘[o]bscuring the ‘Samsung’ logo on the court’s video display for jurors.’ Apparently the United States District Court for the Northern District of California uses Samsung equipment for this purpose. At first sight, this may seem very funny, but I actually understand why Apple would make this request: at a conscious level, it can show to jurors that Samsung actually contributes technology to the U.S. government, and at a subconscious level, it creates the impression of the court being Samsung territory.”

Mueller reports, “Apple wants the court to exclude any ‘argument or evidence regarding statements attributed to Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson,’ This one obviously relates to the ‘thermonuclear war’ quote and similar rhetoric.”

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  1. Don’t make me a juror for this trial!

    Seeing ‘Samsung’ on the court monitor would only remind me of the incredible ongoing tech-ignorance of my government. Hearing the ‘thermonuclear war’ reference would only remind me of Job’s sincere, and uncharacteristically earnest disgust at Android’s plagiarism of Apple technology.

    From my point of view it would be Samsung who’d want to request suppression of these items.

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