Apple-Samsung jury picked to decide U.S. patent trial; Google engineer fails to make final cut

“Jurors in Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s patent trial against Samsung Electronics Co. include a man who filed for his own technology patents, a woman who worked for a semiconductor company, and an aspiring software engineer,” Joel Rosenblatt reports for Bloomberg. “While the interests and professional backgrounds of those jurors reflect the Silicon Valley pool from which the panel was drawn, another juror didn’t go to college and works in construction.”

“A Google Inc. engineer who Apple fought to get removed early in the selection process over the objections of U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, was eliminated in the final cut,” Rosenblatt reports. “The jury of seven men and three women, who are scheduled to hear opening arguments in the global smartphone dispute tomorrow morning, was selected today after Koh thinned the pool with questions screening for any bias that might prevent them being impartial in the case.”

Rosenblatt reports, “Koh twice rejected a request by William Lee, a lawyer for Apple, to dismiss ‘for cause’ the Google engineer who said he owns shares in his company. The engineer said he started at Google before it bought YouTube, working on user interface layouts. He said he had worked on the company’s AdWords program, maps and a version of the company’s Android operating system called Jelly Bean. He said he assisted in some capacity with patents covering some of those technologies. ‘His credibility, as far as I’m concerned, I believe it when he says he can be fair and impartial,’ Koh said, noting that the juror said his family owns many Apple products. ‘For right now he’s been solid that he can be fair and impartial, so he’s staying on,’ Koh said. The engineer was later dismissed from the jury after lawyers for both sides conferred with each other.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Koh’s fight to keep a Google engineer in the jury pool — who holds Google shares and who worked on Android — is worrisome, to say the least, regardless of how “many Apple products” his “family” owns. Let’s hope Koh’s decision-making abilities improve drastically and immediately. Sheesh.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

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