The Apple Samsung U.S. trial was nothing short of an entertainer. Both sides laid down various evidences in the form of emails, internal documents and unreleased prototypes, giving us a better look at the companies internal workings.
Both companies have, through the course of many days of the trial, finished their quota of 25 hours of testimony in which they made arguments in favor of their respective stance.
As the testimonies came to an end, U.S. District court Judge Lucy Koh urged both companies’ CEOs to try meeting one last time and settle their issues outside court. Ina Fried over at AllThingsD reports:
“I see risk here for both sides if we go to a verdict,” Judge Lucy Koh said on Wednesday. She said that if the companies were just seeking to show the world they both have intellectual property positions relative to tablets and smartphones, then “message delivered.”
“It’s time for peace,” she said.
Attorneys for both companies agreed to at least a telephone meeting between the two companies.
She also asked the companies to narrow down their allegations against one other. Remember that it’s not just Apple that’s suing Samsung, but there’s also a countersuit in which the Korean giant accuses Apple of infringing on its own set of wireless related patents.
The paperwork evidence involved in this trial is huge, often going into hundreds of pages. When lawyers from both sides filed even more paperwork with the court questioning witness testimony, Judge Koh got frustrated. Specifically, it was Apple’s request to call in a long list of witnesses to court when only few hours of testimony were left that pushed her over the edge. Ina Fried has the details:
“Unless you are smoking crack you know these witnesses are [not] going to be called,” Koh said, conferring with lawyers before the jury returned from a morning break.
Apple attorney Bill Lee defended Apple’s proposed witness list.
“First, I am not smoking crack, I can promise you that,” Lee said. While a few witnesses might or might not be called, he said the majority would be called and he said Apple had timed their testimony to make sure they would be able to get it all in.
Koh disagreed, quite adamantly, and grew frustrated with the time it was taking to sort out the matter.
“We’re wasting the jury’s time,” she said. “You are being unreasonable.”