“Samsung Electronics Co. accused Apple Inc.’s lawyer of making a prejudiced remark during closing arguments in a retrial over how much the South Korean company owes the iPhone maker for patent infringement and asked the judge to halt the proceedings,” Joel Rosenblatt reports for Bloomberg.
“Harold McElhinny, Apple’s attorney, spoke today of his memory as a child of watching television on American-made sets, and how because the manufacturers didn’t protect their intellectual property their products no longer exist,” Rosenblatt reports. “‘We all know what happened,’ he said at the conclusion of a damages retrial in San Jose, California, that started last week.”
“Bill Price, Samsung’s lawyer, then asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to invalidate the trial just after she had sent the jury to a separate room to begin deliberations in the case… McElhinny was ‘appealing to race,’ Price told the judge. ‘I thought we were past that,'” Rosenblatt reports. “The Apple lawyer told Koh that he used the same argument in her courtroom previously when he argued for a court order to block the sale of Samsung products. ‘I did not say a word about race, and I did not say Asian,’ McElhinny told Koh today.”
Rosenblatt reports, “Koh concluded the dispute by bringing the jury back so she should could re-read an instruction advising that the panel ‘must not be influenced by any personal likes or dislikes, opinions, prejudices, or sympathy.'”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]
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