Apple, Samsung once again unable to pare down patent case

Lack of resolution from latest meeting means the jury will likely decide the companies’ high-stakes dispute.

Apple and Samsung told a federal judge yesterday that they have unable to reduce the number of claims against each other in their on-going patent-infringement lawsuit, increasing the likelihood that the jury will decide their high-stakes dispute.

“The parties have met and conferred about case narrowing, but have not been able to narrow their cases further,” according to a joint statement issued by the companies published by Bloomberg.

Despite being “pathologically optimistic” the two companies would settle the case before it reached the jury’s hands, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh earlier this week had once again asked them to pare down the claims against one another.

“Are there trades that can be made?” Koh asked the companies’ lawyers in her efforts shorten the instructions she’ll have to provide to the jurors who will decide the case. Those instructions are currently a 100-page document that Koh estimates will take about an hour and a half to get through.

Earlier in the week, Koh had asked the two companies to speak once more about settling their case, suggesting that the jury might penalize both companies. In May, Koh orderedApple’s Tim Cook and Samsung’s Choi Gee-sung, as well as their general counsels, to meet in San Francisco to try to work out their patent dispute.

“I see risks here for both sides,” Koh said at the time.

Apple claims that Samsung’s copying of “the look and feel” of its iPad tablet and iPhone smartphone has cost the Cupertino, Calif.-based company more than $2.5 billion.

The trial, now in its third week, is in its final stages. Closing arguments are expected to begin Tuesday, with jury deliberation to follow.


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