Apple Patent Trial: Judge Overrules Samsung’s Objection to Instructional Video

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF.PK) head back to court on Monday to begin jury selection for the next round of their long-running patent-infringement battle. As reported by Apple Insider, part of the pretrial proceedings includes the use of an instructional video that explains to jurors how the U.S. patent system works. Although the video was independently developed by the Federal Judicial Center for use in patent-related trials, Samsung filed an objection with the court over the use of the instructional video because it included “several scenes in which Apple products are depicted and used.” However, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh overruled Samsung’s objections in a decision that was issued on Sunday.

According to Samsung’s filed objection that was obtained by Apple Insider, there are several instances throughout the video in which Apple products are depicted. “[A]t the 2:55 mark, a series of Apple products are shown, including an iPad, a newer model of a laptop computer, and an iPhone,” noted Samsung. “The narration during this portion of the video addresses how the disclosure of a patent may ‘inspire new inventions.’”

The Korea-based company also pointed out several other appearances of Apple products. “Beginning at the 5:13 mark, the actor depicting the inventor is shown meeting with an actor depicting a patent prosecution attorney in a law office, and again is using his Apple laptop computer.” Samsung also noted that “the inventor’s Apple computer is clearly visible again beginning at the 11:22 mark.” The instructional video is titled “The Patent Process: An Overview for Jurors” and is narrated by U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel. The entire video can be viewed above.

Per Apple Insider, Samsung characterized the instructional video as “highly prejudicial,” since it “strongly suggests that Apple’s products are innovative and patentable.” However, it should be noted that Apple products are not the only consumer electronics brand depicted in the instructional video. Various Windows-based PCs also appear multiple times throughout the video.

The latest trial will focus on several newer Samsung devices that Apple claims are infringing on five of its software patents. The patents in dispute include ones covering a universal search feature used by Siri, a “slide-to-unlock” feature, an “autocomplete” feature, a “quick links” data detection method, and a background syncing technology.

Although Samsung currently owes Apple approximately $930 million in damages from a previous patent-infringement trial, the Cupertino, California-based company was denied a permanent sales ban on Samsung’s infringing products. However, the new trial could have repercussions for Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), since many of the features targeted by Apple in this trial are found in the Android operating system. Opening arguments in the latest trial are expected to begin on Tuesday.

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