8/20/2012 10:31:58 AM
Apple and Samsung US patent trial hits deadlock
Apple and Samsung are at an impasse in reducing the number of patent claims against each other as the two manufacturing giants' US court case goes into its final week.
A jury looks increasingly likely to resolve the matter, against the wishes of Judge Lucy Koh, who is overseeing the case. Bloomberg reported that both companies are unable to narrow the scope of the claims at the centre of the case in out-of-court talks.
A joint filing signed by the lawyers on both sides said: 'The parties have met and conferred about case narrowing, but have not been able to narrow their cases further.' Jurors are expected to begin deliberating on the case tomorrow (21 August).
Stanford University law professor Mark Lemley told Bloomberg the patent portfolios for both Samsung and Apple are too wide-ranging and there was a risk both parties could face injunctions blocking the sale of their products.
Apple has accused Samsung of copying the design of its iPad and iPhone. Samsung countersued, claiming Apple has infringed several of its patents.
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