Samsung claims Apple pushed expert witnesses to change their minds in Aussie case

“Samsung accused Apple of improperly influencing expert witnesses on Monday, following the amendment of an expert report delivered to the Korean company’s legal team late Sunday night,” Jeremy Kirk reports for IDG News Service.
“The accusation came during the start of the second week of the companies’ patent trial in Australia’s Federal Court in Sydney,” Kirk reports. “The report, written by three experts, concerns three 3G-related patents owned by Samsung that the company accuses Apple of violating in the iPhone 4 and 4S models and second iPad model.”

Kirk reports, “Samsung counsel Katrina Howard said it was ‘most inappropriate’ for Apple to call a meeting with the experts and ask them to reconsider their opinions, which deal with highly technical details concerning Apple’s alleged violation of Samsung’s patents. Apple counsel Stephen Burley said there were just two changes… The change in opinion by the experts seemed unlikely to cause a major problem in the trial, however. Justice Annabelle Claire Bennett said it was not unheard of for experts to change their opinion. Samsung would have the opportunity to ask the experts why they changed their minds, she said.”

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