Samsung’s leaked ‘evidence’ in patent trial could work in Apple’s favour

Karen Haslam
5 August, 2012
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Samsung’s inadmissible evidence, leaked to the press, has landed it in a lot of trouble with Judge Lucy Koh. Now reporters, having seen the evidence, are wondering why Samsung thought it proved anything.

In addition, leaking the evidence has done little for Samsung’s credibility. While Apple is claiming that Samsung is in contempt of court for trying to influence any member of the jury who might see a report about the inadmissible evidence, the reports are actually predominantly in Apple’s favour.

It has emerged that the Sony device that Samsung was trying to claim influenced the iPhone was just a Sony Walkman, not actually a phone.

The Sony Walkman in question – the NW-A1200 – is actually said to have been inspired by Apple’s iPod, notes Fortune.

The evidence was supposed to suggest that Apple had designed an early iPhone prototype based on a Sony product. Apple’ designer Shin Nishibori had been asked to design a “Sony-style device”. He designed a handset and stuck a Sony logo on it. However, the device that was said to be the inspiration for this was nothing like the design he came up with.

Samsung had also wanted to use its Samsung F700 phone as evidence that it didn’t copy the iPhone. This phone, which features a QWERTY hardware keyboard, might be more useful to Apple’s case, suggests Fortune.

Samsung’s claims that it issued the evidence to press following requests from journalists, is also being questioned. Thomson Reuters’ reporter Alison Frankel claims that Samsung sent her the email without her requesting it.

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