Court to Apple: No Samsung Galaxy S4 in Next Trial

courtroomIn a minor setback for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in its upcoming patent infringement trial against Samsung (SSNLF.PK), a judge has ruled that the Cupertino-based company cannot add the Galaxy S4 to a list of infringing products. In its rejected argument, Apple claimed, “the Galaxy S4 product practices many of the same claims already asserted by Apple, and that the Galaxy S4 practices those claims in the same way as the already-accused Samsung devices.”

However, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal rejected the addition of the Galaxy S4.  Judge Grewal stated via Bloomberg that, “Each time these parties appear in the courtroom, they consume considerable amounts of the court’s time and energy, which takes time way from other parties who also require and are entitled to the court’s attention.”

This latest trial is scheduled for November and is a continuation of an earlier trial that awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages. However, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh reduced the original award amount by $450 million after citing the jury’s use of an “impermissible legal theory.”

Apple lawyer Josh Krevitt suggested that banning the Galaxy S4 from the next trial would only create more work for the court further down the line, since Apple would simply file an entirely new lawsuit for Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone. The next trial will allow a new jury to reconsider the damages award for certain Samsung products that were already found to be infringing on Apple’s patents in the first trial.

Both of these rival smartphone makers are currently engaged in pretrial filings in preparation for this second patent-infringement trial. The next case is Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., 12-cv-630 and will be held in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. Here’s how Apple has traded today.


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