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Appellate court ruling may weaken Apple's claim vs Samsung

Posted: 29 Apr 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patent infringement?

A U.S. Court of Appeal's revival of a separate infringement claim against Motorola on Friday could weaken Apple's case against Samsung. Judge Lucy Koh, who presides over the Apple-Samsung patent infringement case, presented the appellate court's decision to the jury Monday and accommodated an additional expert witness testimony with a two-hour extension.

At issue is the alleged Samsung infringement of a so called "quick-links" patent that describes what readers may recognise to be tantamount to the ubiquitous links embedded in text and the operation associated with the link.

In Apple's case in Illinois against Motorola, Circuit Judge Richard Posner's definition of the terms "analyser server" and "linking actions to the detected structures," which are used to describe the feature in the patent, was disputed by Apple in the appeal.

The dispute boils down to whether these routines run on a server or a client. The appellate court agreed with Judge Posner who ruled that by definition the analyser server routines run independently on a server separate from a client and are therefore not specific to the smartphone device. Judge Koh however, for the purposes of the case being tried in her court-room, sided with Apple and allowed the contrary interpretation. Significant portion of the claimed damages rely on Apple's interpretation.

Judge Koh expressed frustration with the appellate court in her morning engagement with the attorneys indicating she was not necessarily bound by the decision and wanted to avoid potentially blow up the work so far with the jury. She was also unhappy the Samsung attorneys had not asked her to define "analyser server" for this case. By the afternoon Judge Koh had changed her tune and the parties seemed to agree with the inevitable ruling that the jury needed to see and understand the decision by the Court of Appeals. Samsung's lawyers, however, appeared at unease over the judge's decision to reopen the issue, fearing perhaps it will provide Apple a chance to play out the line and continue to reel in the big catch.

The overall case will come into sharper focus when the jury receives final instructions from Judge Koh and hears final arguments from the lead attorneys. Final arguments are now scheduled for Tuesday and deliberations are expected to start Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, Apple holds huge market lead with its iPhone 5s and 5c, announcing a $45.6 billion gross sales and $10.2 billion profit, as reported by Eric Zeman in Information Week. The company increased its margins to 39.3 per cent, with 43.7 million iPhone units sold.

- Magnus Thordarson
??EE Times

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