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Apple v Samsung: Apple compromises on split iPhone hearing

Chloe Herrick | Feb. 9, 2012
Apple has come to a compromise on a hearing proposal presented by Samsung in the Federal Court today in relation to the case brought against the former for alleged patent infringement in the iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S.

Galaxy Tab patent case

The case follows legal action Apple launched against Samsung, in which Apple alleged Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet infringes on a number of its iPad-related patents.

Justice Bennett, who is also hearing the Galaxy Tab case, today said she would not be setting a final hearing date as it was "hard to put a finger on how long the case would take", but ordered both parties come back for case management on 9 March.

Not surprisingly, Apple is keen to have the case heard as soon as possible, with Burley stating "this matter is more deserving of urgent treatment than Samsung's".

Howard vehemently opposed Apple's attempts to have the case fast-tracked, stating that of the 22 patents "at least 10 have not been raised elsewhere".

"We need until toward the end of the year to prepare evidence," she said. "This is a massive task your honour, there's no other case we know of that has been so large in Australia and Apple have not pursued so many claims and in any other country."

"We simply don't know what the final scope of the case will be."

The case continues.


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