Judge Slams Apple and Samsung

Technology companies are tiring out the judicial system with their seemingly constant cases and counter cases. A California court said Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung were subjecting jurors to a cruel punishment and needed to cut down on patent lawsuits against each other.

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California District Court Judge Lucy Koh said forcing jurors to sort through dozens of patents, trademarks, and other claims was a “cruel and unusual punishment to a jury, so I’m not willing to do it,” according to IDG. The judge had earlier asked the two sides to start settlement talks, which are scheduled to start on May 21.

Earlier this week, Apple said it would be willing to pull back one of eight patents under debate, as well as “several dozen patent claims.” However, Samsung was still unhappy, saying the court-provided 25 hours to present its case were not enough and that Apple took too long to provide information about the claims it was willing to drop. The Korean company added that the pullbacks were not substantial. “Apple’s purported reductions do virtually nothing to streamline the case because each of the intellectual property assets Apple says it will drop are cumulative of other claims,” it said in a statement.

Judge Koh has said that if an agreement cannot be reached this month, the case may be pushed back to 2013.

Apple first hit out at Samsung when the latter launched its highly successful Galaxy S line, before Samsung responded with a countersuit of its own. The two now have almost 50 lawsuits against each other in 10 countries.

Samsung has also made a request for content from Apple-related blogs to be banned from this hearing, while the California company has some strange requirements of its own, including obscuring Samsung’s logo from in-court video screens and excluding references to working conditions in China and its tax bills. Apple also does not want the court to include any evidence based on statements attributed to co-founder Steve Jobs in his biography by Walter Isaacson.

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