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Apple seeks severe punishment for Samsung lawyer's actions

Samsung was accused of copying Apple's iPhone and iPad, which then countersued

Reuters  |  San Francisco 

Inc asked a U.S. judge on Thursday to punish Electronics Co Ltd for a attorney's conduct by ordering that the South Korean company has infringed Apple's phone design patents, according to a court filing.

began this week in high stakes litigation between the two companies. sued last year in San Jose, California federal court, accusing of copying the iPhone and iPad. has countersued.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh on Tuesday had barred Samsung's attorneys from presenting some evidence during opening statements. Later that afternoon, emailed reporters links to that material, along with a statement that "fundamental fairness requires that the jury decide the case based on all the evidence."

attorney John Quinn, of the firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, acknowledged in a court filing on Wednesday that he authorized the press statement but said it was not designed to influence the jury.

"The members of the jury had already been selected at the time of the statement and the transmission of these public exhibits, and had been specifically instructed not to read any form of media relating to this case," Quinn wrote.

called his conduct "egregious, because it impugned the integrity of the court," according to its legal brief on Thursday.

spokesman Adam Yates said the company will be submitting a response. "Apple's filing is baseless," Yates said.

A typical sanction for attorney misbehavior is a monetary fine, but is asking Koh to rule that Apple's phone design patents in the case are valid, and that has infringed them. Those are issues that the jury has been empanelled to decide.

The is set to resume on Friday.

The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, is Inc v. Electronics Co Ltd et al, No. 11-1846.

 

First Published: Thu, August 02 2012. 22:38 IST
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