The second week of hearings in the Samsung Electronics Co., LTD (LON:BC94) vs. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) lawsuit regarding patent infringement in Australia, has begun with Samsung’ Electronics Co., LTD (LON:BC94)’s attorney, Katrina Howard making the opening statements.
Howard accused Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s lawyers of meeting in secret with experts, and trying to convince them of changing their testimony in the case. Samsung Electronics Co., LTD (LON:BC94) alleges, that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has tried to convince at least one of the experts, who has already offered evidence to the court, to change his mind regarding this evidence. Two of the experts involved in the trial have already changed their views, since the proceedings began.
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One expert report claimed that Apple’s iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, and iPad 2, infringed on Samsung’s 3G patents. Howard says on Sunday, at 10 pm Australian Eastern Time, Samsung Electronics Co., LTD (LON:BC94) was served with a “joint errata expert report”, which sought to change the opinions on evidence already before the court.
Howard further alleged that “Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s lawyers convened in a meeting, and the expert was asked to reconsider his views.” She also said that the report should not have been filed last night, and if the experts were willing to alter their decisions on the evidence, they should be compelled to testify as to why.
This is just the latest in a series of suits between these two tech giants, as they also have cases pending in the U.S. And Germany. Samsung Electronics Co., LTD (LON:BC94)’s Galaxy smartphones are the iPhone’s biggest competitor, and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is fighting to remain at the top of the smartphone market. The release of the iPhone 5, which is now rumored to be coming in September, should be a big boost to the company’s revenue, and will probably help them retain their seat at the top of the market.
Who will win this global struggle between the two top makers of smartphones? We will have to wait and see, as each case is liable to play out differently. We will keep you posted here, as more information comes in.