With a little more than a week to go in the month-long patent trial between Apple and Samsung, time is running out quickly. Both sides get 25 hours each to call up, and cross-examine one another’s witnesses — and Samsung’s running low. By the end of the day the company had a little under four hours left, time it needs to convince a jury that Apple’s infringing on two of its patents.
Samsung spent much of this week attempting to pick apart Apple’s argument it had copied features from iPhones, iPods, and iPads. That ultimately ended with Samsung’s chief attorney pleading (unsuccessfully) with the judge for more time to make its case. To carve time today, Samsung’s attorneys skipped one of their planned witnesses, read through transcripts of taped depositions instead of playing those videos back, and even aided one of its witnesses in pulling up documents from an evidence binder.
The rush is not a new thing for Samsung, which ran into a similar time crunch in the 2012 trial against Apple. That case was far more complex, with more patents and more products in play. This time around, both companies have focused solely on user-facing features like Apple’s slide-to-unlock, and Samsung’s photo gallery feature. Depending on which company you’re listening to, these are either integral features that make these devices standouts, or a drop in the bucket of things that make phones and tablets what they are.