SAN JOSE, Calif. — A federal judge on Friday denied Apple Inc.’s demands for an immediate victory in a multibillion-dollar patent trial. Apple sought the long-shot bid as punishment for Samsung Electronics Inc.’s decision to issue a controversial press release on the first day of testimony.
Apple sued Samsung last year alleging that some of the South Korean company’s smartphones and computer tablets are illegal knockoffs of Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Samsung denies the allegations and argues that all companies in the cutthroat phone industry mimic each other’s successes without crossing the legal line.
Quinn and the judge had a testy exchange over the evidence on Tuesday before opening statements started. Koh has rejected Quinn’s argument on several occasions and grew exasperated with him when he refused to stop arguing the point.
“The excluded evidence would have established beyond doubt that Samsung did not copy the iPhone design,” the release to media stated. “Fundamental fairness requires that the jury decide the case based on all the evidence.”
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