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Apple and Samsung return to court in California

Samsung argues for the verdict to be thrown out while Apple seeks more damages
Thu Dec 06 2012, 10:20
Apple iPhone fighting Samsung Galaxy SIII

SMARTPHONE AND TABLET RIVALS Apple and Samsung will return to the US court where Apple won $1bn in damages earlier this year, to decide whether the jury verdict should be thrown out.

The highly publicised trial between the two firms took place in August and saw Apple win damages from Samsung, which was found to infringe the Iphone maker's patents.

Samsung, clearly not happy with the California's court's decision, is asking for the verdict to be overturned, claiming that the jury foreman acted with "deliberate dishonesty" during jury selection.

Samsung is arguing that Velvin Hogan "deliberately concealed information" about a lawsuit he had been involved in against Seagate, of which Samsung owns 10 percent, 20 years ago that resulted in him filing for bankruptcy.

"Mr. Hogan's failure to disclose the Seagate suit raises issues of bias that Samsung should have been allowed to explore in questioning," Samsung said in an October filing to the court.

Failing that, it will ask for the amount of damages to be reduced, and the firm can go on to argue its case in the US appellate courts.

In stark contrast, Apple fashion is asking for the judge to increase the amount of damages, arguing that Samsung should pay more for allegedly "willful" infringement. It's also asking the court to ban some of its rival's smartphones, including Samsung's latest Galaxy S3 handset.

Some details regarding the recent patent settlement between Apple and HTC are also expected to be revealed during the hearing. µ


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