Jurors in the second Apple v. Samsung trial were scheduled to begin deliberations early this week, but now they will hear an additional two hours of testimony in order to clarify a key phrase used in one of Apple’s patents-in-suit.
Just as the Apple v. Samsung case was winding down, presiding Judge Lucy Koh on Friday said she will give each side an extra hour to address the implications of a ruling handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that same day, reports The Verge.
Although the CAFC ruling deals with a separate case between Apple and Motorola, it does have certain overlaps with the Apple/Samsung case in Apple’s ‘647 patent covering “quick links” or “data detectors.” The CAFC decision overturned a prior dismissal by Judge Richard Posner.
As noted by Re/code, the federal appeals court’s ruling disagreed with Apple’s claim construction of its ‘647 patent. Specifically, the court sided with Judge Posner’s definition of a particular patent claim involving an “analyzer server,” which the jurist described as “a server routine separate from a client that receives data having structures from the client.”
The Apple v. Samsung jury was given a different definition of analyzer servers, as presented by Apple, so a clarification is needed before rendering a decision. Two expert witnesses will be called in to offer testimony to that end.
The two sides were scheduled to offer their respective two-hour closing arguments this morning, but now that will take place Tuesday morning, and jury deliberation will begin soon following.
Apple is seeking $2.19 billion in damages for lost profits and royalties on five allegedly infringed patents. For its part, Samsung asserts the Apple patents are worth much less, closer to $38.4 million.