Samsung Designer's Testimony Barred in Apple PatentTrial
By Sophia Pearson – Aug 13, 2012 8:37 AM ET.
A Samsung Electronics Co. designer can’t testify in Apple (AAPL) Inc.’s multibillion-dollar patent trial over mobile devices, a federal judge ruled.
Hyong Shin Park, one of the inventors of Samsung’s F700 phone, didn’t design any of the devices at issue in the case and her testimony is of limited value in evaluating Apple’s “design patents in suit,” U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said in the ruling filed yesterday in federal court in San Jose, California.
Samsung’s F700 phone. Source: Samsung via Bloomberg
The trial is the first before a U.S. jury in a battle being waged on four continents for dominance in a smartphone market valued by Bloomberg Industries at $219.1 billion. Cupertino, California-based Apple sued Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung in April 2011. Samsung sought to use Park’s testimony to establish functionality of the F700 design and to rebut allegations of copying or willfulness, Koh said in her ruling.
“The risk of undue prejudice to Apple outweighs the probative value of Ms. Park’s testimony,” Koh said.
The case is Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) Ltd., 11- cv-01846, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).
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