SAN JOSE, USA – As the trial between Apple and Samsung continues, Samsung was able to breach the rules of the trial once more, while in the same time it is trying to issue a rebuttal to Apple’s request for sanctions, and to render obsolete the patents of Apple based on designs seen in science-fiction movies. At the same time, Apple is revealing more and more details about their prototypes of the iPhone.
It seems that Samsung’s lawyers are not trying very hard to comply with the rules of the patent trial with Apple, as they managed to breach them once more. This time they showed to the witnesses the courtroom prior to testimony, which was forbidden by the judge. The incident happened when there were no proceedings in the courtroom, but one of the lawyers of the firm representing the company managed to gain access to the Ceremonial Courtroom in which the trial is held and to show it to five witnesses and several in-house lawyers of Samsung.
Meanwhile, Samsung made attempts to issue a motion to strike an earlier Apple request, which asked the court to hand down sanctions against the South Korean company for providing excluded case evidence to the media. Samsung also tried to render obsolete the design patents held by Apple with arguments that the design is based on the 60s’ science fiction movies 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tomorrow People. Judge Lucy Koh issued an order on Thursday denying this motion.
On the other side a former employee of Apple in his testimony revealed earlier plots of the company to launch its first iPhone with contoured screens, while concerns over consumer comfort put the dagger in the plans for an iPhone Mini. The contoured screen idea was eventually abandoned owing to cost issues at the time.