Judge Tells Apple, Samsung To Keep It Simple


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Judge Lucy Koh, the U.S. district judge presiding over the U.S. edition of the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Samsung, has ordered the two companies to keep things brief in the upcoming trial. The goal is to keep the trial's length reasonable and force the two companies to stick to the point as much as possible.

According to Electronista, Judge Koh limited the two companies to 125 exhibits and 25 hours of arguments each. Judge Koh reportedly set the limits in response to requests by the two companies for guidance regarding the amount of evidence that they would be able to present to the jury. The limitations will force the two companies to streamline their cases, each focusing only on the most important claims.

The pending trial is the culmination of a case that began all the way back in 2011, when Apple sued Samsung in U.S. District Court. Apple accused Samsung of infringing on their design patents with devices like the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1, which they said too closely mimicked Apple's designs for the iPhone and iPad. Samsung countersued both in the U.S. and elsewhere. The massive legal battle now includes dozens of individual lawsuits in ten countries.