Can Samsung Trip Up Apple’s Big Jury Win?
Samsung has been allowed to question Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) marketing chief Phil Schiller in post-trial action related to the two companies’ August patent case in California. Schiller’s deposition is expected to cover matters associated with Apple’s request to ban Samsung products found in violation by the jury. Samsung was also fined $1.05 billion in damages, but is appealing the jury’s decision. Samsung’s motion to question two other witnesses, as well as Apple’s request to depose four expert witnesses, has also been approved.
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According to The Verge, the Korean company wants Schiller to clarify comments he made in support of the product ban, some of which were “new or in conflict with his testimony at trial.” Samsung specifically wants to question the executive’s assertions regarding the Galaxy product lineup. The Koran company has reportedly cited several sections of his testimony that it found troublesome, including Schiller’s assertions that Samsung created the Galaxy line of products to present a unified brand for consumers. It also wants to question the executive on the statement that Apple competes with Samsung even on carriers that don’t sell the iPhone, such as T-Mobile.
Apple had also filed a motion attempting to “clarify” the court’s initial order by suggesting Schiller was not an expert witness and should be exempt from deposition proceedings, but the court ruled it out.
The deposition is to take place no later than November 5 and last no more than three hours.
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