Apple And Samsung Can't Even Agree On Where To Sit In Court

Apple and Samsung are gearing up for one of their largest legal battles to date, which centres around their devices looking incredibly similar. But before things can start, they still need to agree on where to sit in court — which is proving more complicated than you might expect.

All Things D reports that the problem is neither party wishes to think of themselves as defendants. Indeed, in a filing posted on Thursday by Samsung, the company explained that "both parties will at times be acting as plaintiffs and both as defendants, and it is therefore important that both parties are treated the same."

Instead, Samsung wants both parties to be referred to as "claimants", and requests that its lawyers be allowed to sit at the plaintiff's table during certain periods in the legal proceedings. Samsung explains that:

"Equal treatment of the parties with respect to where they sit while presenting their affirmative case will mitigate any prejudice to Samsung that may result from Apple being in closer proximity to the jury throughout the trial... It will also ensure that the jury does not draw any improper inference based on disparate treatment of the parties with respect to their positions in the courtroom."

All of which is extremely amusing, until you remember these aren't school children, but perhaps the two most important companies in tech. Get on with it, guys. [All Things D]


Comments

    Yeah completely trivial. Except for all the evidence indicating that juries are influenced by factors like this. How childish, taking science seriously.

    Well... Samsung does have a valid point here.

    What ever happened to the term 'generic'?
    Apple did not create 'create' the shape (or style) they so arrogantly claim is theirs.
    oblong or square shapes with rounded corners are use everywhere.
    Will they claim damages from all of us who send our goods out in boxes?

    No, that's not amusing, this is actually very important stuff. If they have a jury they have to be sure that absolutely nothing peripheral like that can prejudice their case.

    The sad part isn't the seating thing, it's that this had to result in legal proceedings in the first place.

    When are these people just going to sleep together and cut the tension!?

    Once again, the lawyers are the ones who ultimately win.

    Sounds like Parliament in Question Time...

    Like it's the first time in recorded history one company has copied
    another company. It's like Ford taking Holden to court because the
    design of its car has 4 wheels. The greed is mind boggling.

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