Recent events indicate Samsung may have relief in Northern California case
Samsung suffered a major blow in August when Apple was the victor in the Samsung v Apple case in Northern California. And it looked like it was a lopsided case at best as Apple literally walked away free from any penalties. It was expected that Samsung was going to appeal the $1 billion verdict against them, but it was pretty much an unknown as to whether they would be successful in those efforts. But, it now seems like they have have a far better chance at getting the case thrown out.
All of this is based on the reversal of the Galaxy Nexus ban which was banned last June. It was all part of the case between Samsung and Apple where Apple convinced Judge Koh to ban the sale of the Galaxy Nexus. Back then, it really did not seem to make much sense to ban the phone and it now appears that it really should not have been done. The appeals court ruling on the Galaxy Nexus ban has some harsh words for the Judge and Apple.
Some of the statements from the appeals court show harsh criticism of the decision. Words like “the district court abused its discretion” are pretty strong. And for Apple, they said they did not “show sufficient evidence that Samsung infringed on the patent”. Apple should never have been granted the ban. There are other comments from the court indicating their displeasure for Apple and Judge Koh. So, what might this mean for Samsung?
While if is unlikely that Samsung will prevail in the juror misconduct claims, they now have strong possibilities with the appeals court. Since the appeals court has indicated the lower court overstepped their bounds, then Samsung may have an excellent shot at getting a reversal of the decision. The court never should have held the case in Apple’s backyard which created an immediate bias. The restrictions placed on both parties restricting the number of exhibits, the time to present their case and closing arguments seemed to favor Apple and disadvantage Samsung. It is these items and others which should cause the appeals court to toss out the decision and send it back to Judge Koh for a new trial.
Samsung looks like they have an excellent chance of getting the recent verdict overturned.