Apple Patent Trial: Judge Overrules Samsung’s Objection to Instructional Video

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF.PK) head back to court on Monday to begin jury selection for the next round of their long-running patent-infringement battle. As reported by Apple Insider, part of the pretrial proceedings includes the use of an instructional video that explains to jurors how the U.S. patent system works. Although the video was independently developed by the Federal Judicial Center for use in patent-related trials, Samsung filed an objection with the court over the use of the instructional video because it included “several scenes in which Apple products are depicted and used.” However, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh overruled Samsung’s objections in a decision that was issued on Sunday.

According to Samsung’s filed objection that was obtained by Apple Insider, there are several instances throughout the video in which Apple products are depicted. “[A]t the 2:55 mark, a series of Apple products are shown, including an iPad, a newer model of a laptop computer, and an iPhone,” noted Samsung. “The narration during this portion of the video addresses how the disclosure of a patent may ‘inspire new inventions.’”

The Korea-based company also pointed out several other appearances of Apple products. “Beginning at the 5:13 mark, the actor depicting the inventor is shown meeting with an actor depicting a patent prosecution attorney in a law office, and again is using his Apple laptop computer.” Samsung also noted that “the inventor’s Apple computer is clearly visible again beginning at the 11:22 mark.” The instructional video is titled “The Patent Process: An Overview for Jurors” and is narrated by U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel. The entire video can be viewed above.

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