Apparently growing as frustrated as most of our readers, U.S. District Court for the Northern California District Judge Lucy Koh has set ground rules for both sides of the Apple vs. Samsung case now before her. She has limited both parties to 125 exhibits and 25 hours of argument time each to present their respective cases.
Along with the new limitations, both Apple and Samsung agreed to drop a number of claims to further streamline the bloated patent suit. Referral Judge Paul Grewal told the two companies in an earlier hearing on Thursday that Judge Koh would not “accept thousands of documents,” prompting both sides to rethink their strategies and pare down claims to only the most relevant.
AppleInsider says, “This is the third time Apple and Samsung have been ordered to drop claims for sake of a shorter trial, with the most recent coming in early May when Judge Koh refused to put jurors through what she called “cruel and unusual punishment.” At the time a total of 16 patents, six trademarks, five “trade dress” claims and an antitrust case were part of the trial.”
Recently, Samsung tried to have the entire Galaxy Tab case reheard but the attempt was shot down and Apple is now preparing for a hearing that will take place later this month.