Apple and Samsung have literally been suing each other all over the world for over a year and a half. Some countries side with Apple’s claim that Samsung blatantly copied the design of the iPad. Some countries side with Samsung’s assertion that the Galaxy Tab is its own tablet with its own distinct look.
Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh told lawyers for both sides that they need to “focus and streamline” their cases to 25 patent claims and 25 accused products.
This is not the first time that Judge Koh has ordered the pair to cut back on claims. In May of 2012, the same judge told the “frienemeis” that it was “unacceptable to try and negotiate around the multitude of patents and products involved.” She also called the overwhelming list of claims “cruel and unusual punishment” for a jury to have to sit through.
The U.S. District Court found Samsung guilty of patent infringement on a multitude of claims in August of 2012, to the tune of $1 billion in damages. This new lawsuit is in regards to Samsung’s Galaxy Note, plus an accusation on the Korean-based company that “all generations” of the iPhone and iPad infringe on at least three of its patents.
“We’ll keep narrowing and narrowing,” Koh said. “You’ve already been litigating this thing for a year; you must know something about what’s your best case.”
This new trial is scheduled to be heard in 2014 in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California in San Jose.