Next Stage in Samsung vs. Apple Trial Scheduled for December

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The judge in the Samsung vs. Apple trial has decided that the next major hearing isn’t going to happen for over three months. That’s when Judge Koh will listen to various arguments related to last week’s decision.

Apple vs. SamungAlthough a jury has decided that some of Samsung’s smartphones and tablets infringe on Apple patents, that’s not the end of the matter — far from it. Since that decision was announced, both sides in the case have filed numerous post-trial motions. So many have come in that Koh has decided that she needs plenty of time to read them.

One of the major topics at the hearing — now scheduled for Dec. 6 — will be Apple’s request that the judge permanently ban eight handsets that it believes violate its patents. Samsung, on the other hand, is filing motions on why it believes the judge should overturn some or all of the jury’s decision.

Judge Koh said:

Having considered the scope of Apple’s preliminary injunction request, the additional post-trial motions that the parties have already filed and will file, and the substantial overlap between the analysis required for Apple’s preliminary injunction motion and the parties’ various other post-trial motions, the Court believes consolidation of the briefing and hearing on the post-trial motions is appropriate.

Previously, the judge had been planning to hear arguments for a temporary ban on the eight Samsung smartphones on September 20.

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