Courtroom tension boils in Apple v. Samsung showdown

“It was the end of a long week in court in the Apple-Samsung legal war, and Samsung attorney John Quinn was trying to block his adversary, Apple attorney Bill Lee, from showing the jury a document,” Dan Levine reports for Reuters.

“As Quinn made his argument to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, he slipped in a reference to Koh’s pre-trial order blocking sales of some Samsung products — a subject Koh had forbidden the parties from discussing in front of the jury,” Levine reports. “‘That was improper,’ said Koh. ‘I apologize, your honor,’ Quinn responded. ‘I have a difficulty believing that was not intentional,’ said the judge.”

MacDailyNews Take: Contempt, Lucy. Contempt.

Levine reports, “Quinn took the extraordinary step of issuing a press release on documents that Koh barred from the trial — an open display of defiance that suggested a legal strategy aimed at creating courtroom chaos. Quinn says he intended nothing of the sort.”

MacDailyNews Take: Quinn has nothing, obviously:

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

Creating chaos is his only chance.

Levine reports, “The trial has captured the attention of the technology world in part because the stakes are so high: Apple accuses Samsung of copying the iPad and the iPhone, two of the most successful products in the history of technology.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


    1. I’ve seen hundreds in L.A. and in the last couple of years it’s been iPad imagery filling the board. Did like some of the early iPod dancing silhouettes with ear buds and cable, never saying Apple anywhere.

    2. MacFreek
      “I have never seen an Apple billboard for an iPhone or any Apple product and I hope that I never do.”

      Well, then you will need to continue to keep your eyes tightly shut, because they are common in most metro areas.

    1. I think Samsung’s lawyer needs to spend 72 hours in the slammer every time he or his teem slips up like that.

      As reference: Oh sorry officer, it was an accident, I didn’t intend or mean to drive 90 miles an hour. I was coming down that hill and didn’t anticipate acceleration. There it no excuse for disobeying the law.

      It’s ridiculous what Kol is letting them get away with.

  1. Typical Korean corporate behavior.

    Any tactic whatever is to be used to defeat your competitor. Lie, cheat, steal, reveal confidential information, rumors…everything.

    1. About five years ago, we bought a Samesung washer / dryer set. They worked great until about three months ago, when the felt seal on the dryer drum failed along with one of the roller wheels that supports the drum. Instead of being able to purchase a new felt seal and glue it to the drum, Samesung only sells the drum as a unit . . . to tune of $350. What a waste of resources and money!

  2. “‘That was improper,’ said Koh. ‘I apologize, your honor,’ Quinn responded. ‘I have a difficulty believing that was not intentional,’ said the judge.”

    The appropriate response from Judge Koh would have been, “So you’re either lying to me or you’re inept, which is it?”

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