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Apple’s Expert Witness cost them $75k “so far”

Apple’s Expert Witness cost them $75k “so far”

Last night we reported on the testimony of perhaps the most important witness to the trial of Apple vs Samsung here in the USA so far, industrial designer peter Bressler - now we're hearing how much it cost Apple to have him testify. It's important to note that the entirety of the $75,000 USD payed to Bressler by Apple thus far is entirely legal as our US court system does indeed allow for an expert witness to be paid for their help on a trial, and that Bressler does advertise himself as an "expert witness" on a broken-down website pointed out by Samsung in the case. It's also worth mentioning that there's a much nicer representation of the man up at BresslerGroup.com, another site and company that Bressler is a part of.

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Sloppy slates not iPad envy fueled Samsung refund rush

Sloppy slates not iPad envy fueled Samsung refund rush

One of the damning arguments used against Samsung in its trial against Apple was the return rate of the Samsung Galaxy Tab range to Best Buy stores. The high return rates were supposedly attributed to customers mistaking the tablets for iPads, although new survey information from Best Buy conducted by Samsung shows that it might not quite be that simple. Samsung conducted a survey across 30 Best Buy stores across the United States in 2011 that showed the most popular reason for return was a high malfunction rate.

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Apple’s expert witness says the magic words: “substantially the same”

Apple’s expert witness says the magic words: “substantially the same”

In the Apple vs Samsung court case going on this month it appears that the iPhone company has struck a heavy blow with expert witness Peter Bressler. This man is a former President of the Industrial Designers Society of America and a current fellow of that group, a co-author of over 60 design and utility patents, and an active faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches integrated product design classes. Because of this list of achievements and accolades, Bressler's words as witness in this court case will certainly ring true to the jury. In this case, Apple calling Bressler to the stand to testify is very, very bad news for Samsung.

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Apple vs Samsung jury questioned on outside influence

Apple vs Samsung jury questioned on outside influence

The jury involved in the current largest tech-related court case in the land, Apple vs Samsung, has been polled today by Judge Koh on how influenced they've been by outside media sources since the trial began. This polling was done after Apple suggested the members of the jury could have been influenced by inadmissible evidenced that Samsung had shared with the media earlier this week. Judge Koh ruled after the brief questioning that none of the members of the jury were significantly influenced by what Apple called Samsung's "bad faith litigation misconduct."

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Apple’s Phil Schiller reintroduces the iPhone in Samsung case

Apple’s Phil Schiller reintroduces the iPhone in Samsung case

The senior vice president worldwide marketing at Apple, Phil Schiller, took the stand in the Samsung case this morning to convince the jury that the iPhone's design and Apple's approach with it and the iPad were wholly unique. In doing so, Schiller (and Apple) hope to make it clear that there are elements that Samsung latched on to for their own smartphone and tablet lines in a way that damaged Apple's prospective sales in the process. Schiller's questioning in the case thus far has ranged from the development of the iPhone (and the iPad at the same time) to the company's advertising strategies from start to present.

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Apple not allowed to keep survey secrets in Samsung case

Apple not allowed to keep survey secrets in Samsung case

As the Apple vs Samsung case continues to rage on, this Friday's proceedings have begun with a ruling on Apple's ability to keep secret their customer surveys galore. It may seem like a strange situation that Apple would have to reveal what their surveyed customers have said about the iPhone and iPad while at the same time Samsung is being denied usage of evidence in spades, but such is this case's rather intricate set of rulings before the jury even sees the case in action. Additionally this morning's proceedings have been preceded by a ruling that Apple's request for sanctions against Samsung will be denied.

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Samsung evidence dismissed in droves in Apple case

Samsung evidence dismissed in droves in Apple case

From 2001: A Space Odyssey to "Sony Style Designs", Samsung is having some fairly bad luck, it seems, with finding designs that Apple may have been inspired by for their iPhone and iPad devices. This is all part of a court case going on in the United States in which Samsung is being accused of creating devices that are so similar to Apple's products that they feel they've been robbed, so to speak. The case centers around patent infringement, prior art, and the idea that one company may be inspired by another without "copying" them without mercy.

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Samsung finds itself on the wrong end of the Apple trial with spilled evidence

Samsung finds itself on the wrong end of the Apple trial with spilled evidence

Earlier today it was revealed that evidence Samsung spilled to the press in their trial against Apple regarding supposed Sony pre-cursors to the iPhone was not supposed to be seen. Federal Judge Lucy Koh had previously blocked said evidence from the trial altogether, and both Apple and the judge have since earlier today come down on Samsung demanding an explanation for Samsung releasing documents to news outlets. Samsung is now on the hot-seat speaking on why they found transmitting these documents to the public "entirely consistent with this Court's statements" - these statements saying that, "workings of litigation must be open to public view."

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Samsung opening statement calls iPhone “inspiring product to everyone”

Samsung opening statement calls iPhone “inspiring product to everyone”

In the continuing epic battle that is Apple vs Samsung in the USA version of their collection of court cases going on around the world, Samsung has opened with statements that attempt to make it clear that they admire the iPhone. Along with this admiration, Samsung's lawyer Charlie Verhoeven has attempted to make it clear that being inspired by a product is something that everyone does, and that this process is called competition, no copying. Samsung pushed for detailed comparisons between Samsung and Apple devices, showing rounded corners, startup sequences, and home screen configurations as well.

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Apple suggests Samsung will use “Devil made me do it” defense

Apple suggests Samsung will use “Devil made me do it” defense

In the second half of Apple's opening statement in the United States-based court case that's having the computer giant face off against rival company Samsung, Apple's lead attorney Harold McElhinny suggested he knew what Samsung would be bringing to the table. One of the main items Samsung will speak about, McElhinny suggested this morning, is that Apple's design patents represent the only way to make functional products. He noted, "I think of this as the 'Devil made me do it defense'", according to Ina Fried of AllThingsD sitting in on the case.

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