All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis

US judge urges Apple and Samsung to reach global peace pact

07 Dec 2012
Judge's gavel

The US judge presiding over the on-going patent battle between Apple and Samsung has told both parties that consumers would benefit from an outbreak of “global peace” between the two.

In the latest appeal hearing, the two tech giants are arguing over the $1bn damages a jury awarded Apple earlier this year.

Judge Lucy Koh raised laughs in the courtroom when she asked Apple's and Samsung's lawyers: “When is this case going to resolve?”, according to multiple reports.

“I’m not joking,” she then said. “I think it’s time for global peace .”

“If there is any way this court can facilitate some sort of resolution, I’d like to do that. I think it would be good for consumers and good for the industry.”

There appears to be little chance of that peace breaking out any time soon, though.

Samsung are in court to challenge how the jury came up with the $1bn damages figure awarded against it. Samsung has also argued that the ruling was invalid because one of the jury had failed to reveal a potential vested interest in the case.

For its part, Apple wants to add more Samsung devices into the mixing pot, with a view to getting higher damages or even a sales ban.

The US case is just one of scores of patent disputes winding their way through courtrooms across the globe.

At the heart of the dispute is Apple's grievance against makers of Android-based smartphones and tablets which it believes have ripped off its iPhone and iPad.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
More on Law
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus

Windows 10 poll

What are your first impressions of Windows 10?

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
V3 Sungard roundtable event - Cloud computing security reliability and scalability discussion

CIOs debate how to overhaul businesses for the digital era

V3 hosts roundtable with Sungard Availability Services

Updating your subscription status Loading

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button

Getting started with virtualisation

Virtualisation can help you reduce costs, improve application availability, and simplify IT
management. However, getting started can be challenging


Converting big data and analytics insights into results

Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their organisations to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimise outcomes

Mobile Developer/Programmer/Engineer (iOS, Android) - Oxford

Mobile Developer/Programmer/Engineer (iOS, Android...

C# .NET Developer - Low Latency Trading Applications

Summary: One of the world's leading Investment Management...

Project Manager - Finance

World leading hedge fund is looking for a highly motivated... Administrator, Insurance Administrator My client, a leading...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.