[quote] In April 2011, three months before Motorola, Apple (AAPL) filed a complaint charging that Samsung’s smartphones and tablets were infringing Apple’s patents, trademarks and designs. The case went to trial 16 months later, and a jury ruled in Apple’s favor, famously assessing Samsung $1.05 billion in damages.
Nearly half a year has passed, and no injunction has been granted, no fines have been paid and the judge has yet to issue a final ruling on the damages.
While the legal procedures drag on, Samsung is free to continue selling devices that Steve Jobs claimed — and the jury agreed — were Apple rip offs.
But there’s more.
Apple filed a second complaint last August asserting that 17 more Samsung products — including the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tablet 10.1 — violated still more Apple patents. That trial isn’t scheduled to begin until May 2014, one year and nine months after Apple’s complaint.
Now Judge Koh wants to put that trial on hold. Bloomberg reports that she told the two parties last week that she would like to freeze the second case until appeals from the first are exhausted. “I don’t know if we need two cases on this,” she said.
Meanwhile, Samsung is selling Galaxy S IIIs by the millions.[/quote]
As MG Siegler would write, I.Couldn’t.Agree.More.