Apple and Samsung will begin their patent infringement battle in a US court on 30 July 2012 in a 13-day trial as the dispute over their respective iPad and Galaxy Tab devices rumbles on.
Apple had asked for the trial to take place on 1 February 2012, but Samsung opposed this date. US district judge Lucy Koh has now settled for a date in July, and laid out a comprehensive schedule.
Key dates leading up to the trial include a claim construction hearing set for 20 January 2012.
Patent specialist Florian Mueller told V3 that this hearing is to define terms and provide an opportunity for litigants to widen or narrow the scope of the asserted patent claims.
Apple has also had key preliminary injunction victories in the European courts as the company looks to prevent Samsung selling what it claims to be "copy-cat devices".
Mueller explained that there is most at stake for both companies at the US trial, along with the ITC investigation.
"At a minimum, Apple will want Samsung to change the design of some of its products [if it wins]. I also believe Apple will enforce some of its technical patents, especially those relevant to the user experience," he said.
Executives from Apple and Samsung were thought to be in high-level talks in June over the dispute. Judge Koh had even suggested that the issue could be sorted out through alternative dispute resolution, but Mueller predicted that the spat will drag on.
"There's always a chance of a settlement in any of those disputes, but I doubt that the preliminary injunctions Apple obtained in Europe put enough pressure on Samsung," he said.
"Those are useful intermediate victories for Apple, but the fight will probably go on for some more time."
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