Samsung was in trouble yesterday for distributing its so-called evidence that Apple copied Sony to the press.
Judge Lucy Koh had already ruled that the evidence should be dropped from the Apple v Samsung case. She made clear her disapproval on day two of the Apple v Samsung trial, telling Samsung to file a brief explaining who had issued the documents to the press, and who had authorised it.
Samsung went as far to claim in the statement issued to the press that the evidence, an email from Apple designer Shin Nishibori refering to “making” a Sony phone and some 2006 Samsung phone designs, “would have established beyond doubt that Samsung did not copy the iPhone design”, notes Forbes.
Apple had already produced evidence predating the Sony mockups that showed an iPhone-like device that it had produced back in 2005.