Samsung said on Tuesday afternoon that it feels it has been prevented from telling the jury its full argument during its court arguments against Apple. As a result, it released several slides and a statement to the media, which has frustrated Judge Lucy Koh.
Apple is seeking more than $2.5 billion in damages from Samsung and has accused it of infringing on several of its design and utility patents. Samsung, meanwhile, believes Apple has infringed on its own utility patents. For a better understanding of how the jury will judge the information presented in the trial, read our coverage from Tuesday.
Samsung released the following statement Tuesday evening:
The Judge’s exclusion of evidence on independent creation meant that even though Apple was allowed to inaccurately argue to the jury that the F700 was an iPhone copy, Samsung was not allowed to tell the jury the full story and show the pre-iPhone design for that and other phones that were in development at Samsung in 2006, before the iPhone. The excluded evidence would have established beyond doubt that Samsung did not copy the iPhone design. Fundamental fairness requires that the jury decide the case based on all the evidence.
Apple called the public release of information “contemptible,” AllThingsD said. Judge Lucy Koh, who is presiding over the case, had denied Samsung’s lawyer John Quinn from attempting to prove that the P700 designs predated the iPhone. Koh threatened to sanction him after repeated requests, before the above information was released, and has since called for a private meeting with him. “Tell Mr. Quinn I’d like to see him today,” Koh requested. “I want to know who drafted the press release, who authorized it from the legal team.”
Looks like this case is certainly starting to heat up. We’ve included several slides, obtained by AllThingsD, in a gallery below.
Samsung Court Slides Gallery