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Judge again orders Apple, Samsung to streamline claims in iPad patent case

Stephen Lawson | May 3, 2012
Apple and Samsung Electronics have until Monday to further boil down the number of claims to be considered in the sweeping intellectual-property lawsuit concerning their smartphone and tablet products, which is now scheduled to go to trial July 30.

On Wednesday, Judge Koh and lawyers for Apple and Samsung also briefly discussed preparations for a trial over Apple's 2012 suit. She tentatively set the trial date in that case for March 31, 2014.

The suits pit the world's top two smartphone makers against each other and is shaping up as a showdown between Apple's iOS and Google's Android, the mobile operating systems that power the lion's share of phones and tablets sold worldwide.

Apple CEO Tim Cook suggested last week that Apple might be open to a settlement. "I would highly prefer to settle versus battle," Cook said during a conference call to discuss Apple's financial results. However, he also said, "We just want people to invent their own stuff."

 

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