Judge scolds Samsung, lets patent trial proceed
SAN JOSE, California (AFP) - The judge in a massive smartphone patent case reprimanded Samsung for releasing excluded evidence on Friday but rejected a bid by Apple to order a verdict in the case.
Judge Lucy Koh expressed irritation with Samsung's releasing to the media of documents she had ruled were not to be viewed by the jury in the case over patent infringement involving the iPhone and other mobile devices.
Judge Koh said Samsung lawyers "were on notice that the possibility of a jury taint was real," and scolded them for "a wilful attempt to propagate that evidence they knew had been excluded." But she rejected Apple's request for additional sanctions or to order a verdict in favour of the Silicon Valley firm.
She polled the jurors, asking if they had read any press coverage. One said he read a headline online, but did not read any articles. The others said they had read nothing.