Judge Koh in Apple vs. Samsung Case Makes Questionable Judgement CallSubmitted by Antelmann22 on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 01:08
'Samsung is objecting to a video created by the Federal Judicial Center called "How patents work," which is designed to help jurors wrap their heads around the often-complex and confusing U.S. patent system. But as Samsung's legal team noted, "at the 2:55 mark, a series of Apple products are shown, including an iPad, a newer model of a laptop computer, and an iPhone. The narration during this portion of the video addresses how the disclosure of a patent may 'inspire new inventions.'"
Samsung stated in its objection that "at a minimum, the video strongly suggests that Apple's products are innovative and patentable." Which is the basis of the filing by Samsung.
Quote from Samsung:
“Because Apple’s alleged innovation is a central disputed issue in this trial, it would be highly prejudicial to Samsung to show the jury — before any evidence is introduced — an official instructional video that depicts Apple products in such a context. Doing so would raise serious concerns about Samsung’s ability to obtain a ‘fair trial’ by ‘impartial’ jurors,” which is one of the most ‘fundamental’ interests that exists under the Constitution.”
Judge Lucy Koh has overruled Samsung's objection of the video. The Korean manufacturer argued that the video would be "highly prejudicial" since it would show Apple's devices on a video about patents. Apple, on the other hand, wants the jury to see the 17 minute clip.'