Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 14:42 UTC
Legal Fantastic work by The Verge. "Although Apple and Samsung did their best to present high-level narratives about copying and product development throughout the trial, the jury's work is far more complicated than simply asking if Samsung copied Apple. Instead, the 20-page verdict form presents around 700 extremely specific questions, divided into 33 groups. These questions exhaustively cover everything at issue in the trial, down to exact dollar amounts Samsung might owe for each of 28 devices accused of copying Apple intellectual property." I don't know just how much power a US jury has, but if I were them, I'd buy a tl;dr stamp and use it on every page of the verdict form. Samsung and Apple ought to be ashamed of themselves.
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... just how much power a US jury has ...
by M.Onty on Fri 24th Aug 2012 10:33 UTC
M.Onty
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2009-10-23

I don't know just how much power a US jury has, but if I were them, I'd buy a tl;dr stamp and use it on every page of the verdict form. Samsung and Apple ought to be ashamed of themselves.


If its anything like the UK system then they've got quite a lot of power, but are probably not aware of that. In theory the decisions they reach are binding, even if they don't bear much relevence to the current law. I seriously agree that some sort of TLDR verdict would be a great boon to the US legal system, but I don't know if that's possible.

Otherwise, chances of any sort of coherent response to come from 700 different questions ... Pretty long odds.

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OMRebel Member since:
2005-11-14

One thing to think about - In the US, in civil trials such as this, the Judge can actually overrule the jury. The Judge can also overturn a guilty verdict by a Jury in a criminal trial as well, but that doesn't really have any bearing on this case.

So, even if the Jury comes back and says Samsung didn't infringe upon Apple's patents, the Judge can toss out the Jury's findings and say that Samsung did infringe on all counts. We have see that she was quick to ban the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (which means she believes that rounded corners stepped on Apple's precious little toes). So, I wouldn't be shocked to see her interject herself in the ruling to ensure Apple wins big. Of course, if that happens, there is one final court in which an appeal can take place - United States Supreme Court.

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