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Schiller, Possibly Forstall Expected To Testify In Apple-Samsung Patent Case

Schiller, Possibly Forstall Expected To Testify In Apple-Samsung Patent Case

February 14, 2014

Marketing chief Phil Schiller has been called to testify by Samsung’s lawyers as part of the company’s upcoming patent dispute trial against Apple, and from what we understand, ex-head of iOS Scott Forstall could make an appearance, too.

Schiller was also called during the first jury trial for the Apple-Samsung dispute in 2012, and as such it’s no surprise Samsung’s lawyers have summoned the senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing once again. Macworld rightly notes that this time around, even though the case is indeed addressing different products, it nevertheless “covers much the same ground.”

The publication shares a document from Samsung’s lawyers, which explains:

Mr. Schiller will be called to testify regarding design, development, promotion, marketing, advertising, consumer demand for, and sales of the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and other Apple products, including the features accused of infringing the Samsung feature patents, the smartphone and tablet markets, the Apple brand and Apple’s marketing and advertising efforts.

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing, “might” be called by Samsung, the company added, and several Google execs have been penciled in for the trial, too.

Apple is also going to be calling Schiller to testify, along with Tony Blevins, Apple’s vice president of Procurement; Gregory Christie, vice president of Human Interface; and Bruce Watrous, the company’s chief intellectual property lawyer.

Scott Forstall, the former head of iOS who Tim Cook fired back in October 2012, may also make an appearance.

Earlier this month, we explained that iOS-, OS X-, and Android-based devices on Apple and Samsung’s mutual hit lists for the March trial include the iPhone 5, iPad mini, MacBook Pro, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note II, and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Though Apple and Samsung each attempted to accuse one another’s most recent offerings, the sluggish nature of patent litigation means only products which are a couple of years old have been brought to this most recent trial.

No doubt we’ll be seeing round three occur at some point in the future, too.

The second round of Apple and Samsung’s patent dispute trial is set to kick-off next month on March 31. We’ll keep you updated with further information as we receive it.

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