Samsung seeks ban on Steve Jobs references in patent trial against Apple

Macworld Australia Staff
20 July, 2012
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After a US District Court judge granted Apple’s request to withhold ‘anti-Android’ statements made by Steve Jobs, Samsung has asked the judge to restrict references to the Apple co-founder in the final proceedings of the patent trial between the two companies.

Apple lawyer Harold McElhinny told District Judge Lucy Koh that he wanted to present to the jury two slides of Steve Jobs in the case’s opening statements, one of which was recorded in 2007, when Jobs introduced the iPhone – an “announcement that went around the world,” McElhinny said, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Samsung argued that showing the slides was not relevant to the case, requesting Koh to bar references to the late CEO in the trial’s proceedings:

“I don’t want to see an opening statement where jurors see 15 images of Steve Jobs,” Charles K. Verhoeven, a Samsung attorney, told Koh.

“Whether Mr Jobs made a presentation is not relevant to their case,” Verhoeven said, adding that using his image as a basis for the company’s argument was “prejudicial to the jury”.

“It shouldn’t be a popularity contest,” he said.

Koh agreed, in part, with Samsung’s line of argument, saying that she first wanted to see the images of Jobs Apple wanted to present before making a final ruling.

“I’m not doing a complete prohibition of Steve Jobs, but it needs to be relevant,” Koh said.

The Apple vs Samsung jury trial will begin in the US on July 30.


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