Apple intends to file an emergency motion to sanction Samsung for releasing documents that were not allowed as evidence in the companies’ patent trial.
Apple is positively livid about the leaked evidence, accusing Samsung of ‘polluting the jury’.
The US tech giant has sent a letter to Judge Lucy Koh stating: "Samsung’s multiple references to the jury in its statement make plain its intent that the jurors in our case learn of arguments the court has excluded through the press. This deliberate attempt to influence the trial with inadmissible evidence is both improper and unethical."
Samsung’s lead lawyer has defended the press release, saying that the evidence was previously in the public record.
Samsung had hoped to present the court with evidence that showed it had designed the F700 phone, which Apple alleges is a copy of the iPhone, in 2006 – before the iPhone was even announced.
After Judge Koh said that the details should not be shown to the jury because it had been presented too late in the legal process, Samsung went ahead and released a statement at the request of members of the media, which contained the evidence.
"This deliberate attempt to influence the trial with inadmissible evidence is both improper and unethical," said William Lee, Apple’s legal counsel.
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