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Judge calls for 'global peace' in Apple-Samsung war

Published on Dec 7, 2012 12:32 PM
 
Samsung attorneys Charles Verhoeven and Kathleen Sullivan speak in front of U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh during court proceedings in San Jose, California, December 6, 2012. Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics squared off again in court on Thursday, as the iPhone maker prepares to convince a U.S. district judge to ban sales of a number of the Korean company's devices and defend a $1.05 billion jury award. PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN JOSE, California (AFP) - A judge mulling whether to trim or overturn Apple’s billion-dollar damages award against Samsung on Thursday called for a ceasefire in the ongoing patent war between the smartphone titans.

“I think it’s time for global peace,” US District Court Judge Lucy Koh said after legal teams from Apple and Samsung duelled for hours over post-verdict motions in her courtroom in the Silicon Valley city of San Jose.

“Let me hear if there is anything the court can do,” she continued. “It would be good for consumers; good for the industry and good for the parties.” Samsung attorney Charles Verhoeven responded to the challenge by saying the South Korean consumer electronics firm was willing to negotiate a settlement with Apple but “the ball is in their court.” Apple attorney Harold McElhinny expressed no interest in working out a settlement, opting instead to urge Koh to back legal “remedies” daunting enough to dissuade a powerhouse like Samsung from ever copying an Apple gadget.

“It is the power of this court to establish a line and enforce it,” McElhinny argued. “If you didn’t see the same case that the jury saw, I am not sure how we get to resolution.” Verhoeven told Koh that Apple was engaging in “thermo-nuclear war” and choosing the court instead of the market as the battle ground.

 
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