Judge tries to knock heads together in Apple/Samsung patent case

Judge tries to knock heads together in Apple/Samsung patent case

The heads of Samsung and Apple should speak before a jury begins deliberations in their high profile patents case in the US, a judge has said.

The two heavyweights of the mobile manufacturing industry claim that the other copied its patents. Apple is seeking a ban on the sale of Samsung devices and compensation, accusing the Korean manufacturer of copying some of the features and design of its products. Samsung claims Apple has infringed several of its own patents.

The trial has stretched over three weeks in a San Jose courtroom but yesterday (15 August) the judge implored the two sides to reach settlement. According to Reuters, US district judge Lucy Koh said: 'It's time for peace...I see risks here for both sides.'

Samsung continued to present witnesses in court, including a designer who helped formulate the Galaxy line of tablets. Speaking through an interpreter, Jin Soo Kim said he began working on a tablet in October 2009, months ahead of the iPad launch in January 2010. He denied copying the designs of rival companies.

Apple attorney Harold McElhinny showed Kim internal Samsung emails, in which Google told Samsung management they should redesign its tablet as it resembled the iPad. Kim said he did not attend the meeting and was not briefed about it by colleagues.

Deliberations are expected to begin next week.

Editor: Graeme Neill

Written by Mobile Today
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