As expected, Samsung isn’t just going to lay down and accept a $1 billion fine. It’s trying everything it can to ensure that it comes away scot-free. You wouldn’t presume anything else would happen with any company in the world. The Korean Tech giant is claiming – within a new post trial filing – that the jury is suspected of misconduct. This claim is based mostly on TV and written interviews with Velvin Hogan, the jury foreman.
During many of the interviews he stated that he had offered to explain some of aspects of patent law so that all the jury would understand and help them decide whether or not Samsung had infringed on any of Apple’s registered patents. Since he was a patent holder himself, Hogan was the natural selection as foreman.
“Some were not sure of how prior art could either render a patent acceptable or whether it could invalidate it.”
In my mind, had he not taken the time to help explain key issues, the jury would have no idea whether or not Samsung did infringe on anything. Sammy however seems convinced that Hogan somehow had an agenda, and instead of just explaining key issues, actually convinced the jury that the patents were indeed violated by the Galaxy makers. And you thought the final verdict was the last we were going to hear of this case? Not a chance. Looking forward to seeing how this ends.