Apple protests images released by SamsungApple said yesterday it’s asking a federal judge to impose sanctions over a statement Samsung Electronics issued that included evidence the judge excluded from the companies’ patent-infringement trial.
Apple, in a letter to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, said the Tuesday release was designed to convey to jurors, through the media, arguments rebutting Apple’s central allegations that Samsung copied the iPhone and iPad.
“This deliberate attempt to influence the trial with inadmissible evidence is both improper and unethical,” Apple lawyer William Lee wrote. “Apple will be filing today an emergency motion for sanctions and other relief that may be appropriate.”
The evidence fight between the companies is being conducted without the jury, which on Tuesday heard opening arguments in the case. Apple, based in Cupertino, California, seeks $2.5 billion for its claims that Samsung infringed patents covering designs and technology for mobile devices. Samsung, based in Suwon, Gyeonggi, countersued and will present claims that Apple is infringing on two patents covering mobile-technology standards and three utility patents.
Koh on Tuesday barred Samsung from presenting images of a smartphone that Samsung claims it was developing in 2006, the year before Apple introduced the iPhone. Koh rejected Samsung’s request to reconsider her ruling for what she said was at least the third time, standing by her earlier decision that the evidence wasn’t “timely disclosed” in Samsung’s arguments pertaining to patent infringement.
In its e-mailed statement that Apple objects to, Samsung said that Koh’s ruling means it “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.” Adam Yates, a Samsung spokesman, declined to comment on Apple’s letter.
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