Although Apple is still floating on a fluffy cloud of victory after the weekend’s verdict in their San Jose trial against Samsung, they will understandably just be wishing that the legal system was simple and straightforward that forced Samsung to pay their dues and allow both companies to move in with minimal fuss. Unfortunately, the world doesn’t work that way, and although the nine man jury found in favor of the fruit company in pretty much all of their claims, there are still additional court dates required to determine the next steps for both companies.
The judge involved in the case has made no secret of her dissatisfaction, with both the Samsung and Apple legal representatives during the trial let the ongoing battle spiral out of control. Additionally, Judge Lucy Koh penciled in two additional court dates for the two technology giants to discuss further aspects of the case. The first date that we need to slap into our diaries falls on September 20th and could see Apple battling out this issue just one day before we see the new iPhone being released to the world.
The September 20th appearance has been put aside for Samsung’s to plea against the court’s decision of banning the Galaxy Tab 10.1, something that would allow the company to resume sales of the device. The Korean company will more than likely head into that court appearance feeling pretty confident of their chances, considering the Tab 10.1 was found to not break any of Apple’s design patents, but as we have seen over the last eighteen months, nothing is clear cut when it comes to enforcing patent law.
After the verdict was announced. it was found that Samsung is liable to the tune of $1.05 billion, Apple then followed up with a request to have eight of Samsung’s smartphones banned from sale in the United States which they believed represented a large risk to sales of their own products. As part of the court schedule, the judge has named December 6th as the day when the Apple injunction request will be heard as well as making enough time for Samsung to attempt to have the entire verdict dissolved. Good luck with that one.
The initial verdict may already be in on this fascinating trial, but with Samsung not willing to let it go in what they call a "blatant abuse of patent law", it certainly looks like there will be a lot more to come from this one. If they can’t get satisfaction from the San Jose court room, then the company always have the option of taking their case to a Washington DC federal court room who have the ability to overrule patent-based decisions.