updated 10:10 pm EDT, Thu June 21, 2012
Patent case limited to 25 hours for each side, 125 exhibits
Rules have been established in the latest round of Apple and Samsung's patent skirmish by Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California during Thursday's hearings. In addition to agreeing to drop some claims to simplify the case, each side is limited to 25 hours of arguments and 125 exhibits in total for the entire case. The limits were established by Koh after counsel for Apple and Samsung sought specific guidance on how much they would be allowed to show the jury.
An earlier hearing on Thursday in front of Judge Paul Grewal foreshadowed Koh's limits, with Grewal warning that Koh "will not accept thousands of documents." The conditions and limits are forcing Apple and Samsung to hone their cases to the most crucial points, and should keep to a minimum some of the only peripherally-relevant technical minutae that bogs down most patent suits.
Apple's suit began against Samsung last year for violation of several patents in the Korean manufacturer's Android devices, including the oft-referenced "data tapping" patent, that converts phone numbers and URLs embedded in a text to contextually be used as application-specific links. Samsung countersued in several countries. At the end of 2011, the patent wars between the pair of industry giants spanned 50 suits across 10 countries.
Earlier efforts to streamline the trial have been made, with the judge allowing patents dropped from this suit to be asserted at a later date, if needed. Apple attempted to obtain a temporary restraining order against release of the Galaxy S III, but ultimately failed. Apple will be seeking a preliminary injunction agains the Galaxy Tab 10.1 on Friday, June 29 in Judge Koh's court.