Groklaw – The Foreman’s Aha Moment in Apple v. Samsung Was Based on Misunderstanding Prior Art ~pj

Groklaw – The Foreman’s Aha Moment in Apple v. Samsung Was Based on Misunderstanding Prior Art ~pj.

Here is another interesting piece on Groklaw regarding the recent verdict in the Apple vs. Samsung patent suit. Based on Groklaw’s analysis (which I have not yet personally fact-checked), it appears that there is growing evidence that the jury (lead by the jury foreman) may have fundamentally misunderstood the law on the issue of what does and does not constitute “prior art” and how that effects the enforceability of at least one of Apple’s patent claims.

As Lewis Carol’s Alice said, “Curiouser and Curiouser!” It will certainly be interesting to see how the post-trial motions and/or appeals of this verdict play out.

If nothing else, though, this points up the problems introduced by the complexities of our current patent system, particularly when layman juries are involved.

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