Samsung’s F700 and other pre-iPhone designs have long been known, but Judge Lucy Koh did not let Samsung enter that information into evidence (those are the breaks) for whatever reason. After pleading with the judge to admit the evidence, Samsung’s lawyer desperately asked, “What’s the point in having a trial?” Koh replied, ”Don’t make me sanction you. Please.” Samsung, not happy with that answer, sent the barred slides to AllThingsD and other press outlets saying, “The excluded evidence would have established beyond doubt that Samsung did not copy the iPhone design.”
The action earned Samsung some harsh words from the judge:
Judge Koh was none to pleased with the move herself, calling for an immediate meeting with Quinn.
“Tell Mr. Quinn I’d like to see him today,” Koh said. “I want to know who drafted the press release, who authorized it from the legal team.”
The Verge told an even harsher version of the events:
Koh was “livid” when she found out about the All Things D story and press release, and demanded to know if Quinn was involved. “I want Mr. Quinn’s declaration as to what his role was,” said Koh. “I want to know who authorized it.”
The evidence is below: