Today marks the second day of deliberations for the Apple and Samsung patent trial, and the jury is ready to do some work. The group of nine who will be deciding the case told the court that they plan to extend deliberations by an extra hour today. This means that instead of the 9 AM to 4:30 PM schedule they followed yesterday, they won’t be leaving the courthouse until 5:30 PM.
Naturally, with the jury being extremely restricted in who they can and can’t talk to, it’s unlikely that we’ll find out what’s going on behind those closed doors. PCWorld reports that there are a number of reasons why they would want to stay later, with DOAR Litigation Consulting director Roy Futterman saying it’s likely that they realized the mountain of work that lies ahead of them and just want to dig in. He says it’s also possible – unlikely, but possible – that they’re trying to get everything done before the weekend arrives.
Ultimately, Futterman says this move by the jury shows him that they are ready to get to work on deciding who’s in the right. They’ve got a lot of work ahead of them too, as they’ve been listing to the back and forth between Apple and Samsung for the past three weeks. Judge Lucy Koh even asked Apple and Samsung to work together to narrow their claims, but those talks didn’t go anywhere.
So, the jury has to decide who wins the case by wading through everything that has been presented by both sides during the trial. That isn’t going to be easy, but it’s good to see that the jury is willing to do what it takes (and then some) nonetheless. After all, as important as this case is, no one wants a jury that will jump to a decision without first considering everything that Apple and Samsung have said throughout the case.