SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A US judge rejected several requests by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to keep portions of key documents out of public view in their high stakes patent litigation battle set for trial later this month.
Apple and Samsung, the world’s largest consumer electronics corporations, are waging legal war in several countries, accusing each other of patent violations as they vie for supremacy in a fast growing market for mobile devices.
In an order issued late on Tuesday, US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, wrote that “it appears that the parties have overdesignated confidential documents and are seeking to seal information that is not truly sealable.
That’s it, no more,” said Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California, during a hearing on Thursday.. The conditions are intended to force Apple and Samsung to narrow their arguments to the strongest and most important points. Both sides have already agreed to drop some claims to simplify the case, which spans several patents and gets into arguments over the finer points of some of the technology inside smartphones.. During Thursday’s hearing, for example, the companies argued over the way encryption is implemented in Apple products and whether it differs from the 3GPP standard used in 3G cellphones.. The limit on exhibits was announced by Koh after lawyers for Apple and Samsung sought guidance on how much they would be allowed to put in front of a jury.. They had been warned in a related hearing at the same court earlier Thursday in front of Judge Paul Grewal that Koh “will not accept thousands of documents.
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