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Apple v. Samsung: The legal aftershocks


At first glance, it looks like Apple cracked Samsung like an egg in their US patent court victory. Lawyers don’t see it as being that clear-cut.

Besides, questions about the jury’s rush to judgment –they didn’t even bother to read their court instructions–and the simple fact that the case will be appealed for years to come, there are concerns that the jury was in over its head from the start.

In an AP story, Robin Feldman, an intellectual property professor at the University of California Hastings Law School said “This case is unmanageable for a jury. There are more than 100 pages of jury instructions. I don’t give that much reading to my law students. They can’t possible digest it.”

Daniel Ravicher, executive director of the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) thinks that “Apple tried the ‘kitchen sink” strategy and throwing everything at Samsung they could, hoping something would stick. They only got 1B of the 2.5B they were asking for. It’s a win in one sense, but not a blow out as some have said, especially since Apple had home court advantage. I actually thought they’d get a stronger win.”

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