Apple-Samsung Patent-Infringement Claims: Now 50 to 80 Percent Off!
Apple and Samsung have drastically reduced the number of patent-infringement claims they’ve filed against each other in California.
Dutifully following judge’s orders, Apple on Monday said it will narrow its claims against Samsung, essentially cutting them in half. Meanwhile, Samsung agreed to pull from its case five of the 12 patents it has asserted against Apple.
By cutting their claims down like this, the companies hope to retain a proposed July 30 trial date.
The moves significantly reduce the scope of the case. For example, by paring its claims from 75 to 15, Samsung has reduced its total claims by 80 percent. Which should make the case much more manageable for judge and jury both. This time around, anyway. Because while Apple is dropping some of its claims against Samsung, it doesn’t want to do so “with prejudice.” In other words, it wants to reserve the right to assert those claims at a later bench trial, or roll them into a new lawsuit.
“Obviously, Apple is not willing and should not be required to waive any right to a jury trial on claims and defenses that arise from Samsung’s continued assertion of patents that Samsung contends are essential to practice the UMTS telecommunication standard, including Apple’s Twenty-Fifth through Twenty-Ninth Counterclaims in Reply,” the company wrote in its filing.
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