Judge from Samsung vs. Apple case is on Samsung's legal team
Not so long ago a UK judge ordered Apple to post on its website that Samsung didn’t copy the iPad, but then he wasn’t pleased with Apple’s execution of his order and made the company do it again, properly. Remember? Guess who that judge is working for now.
Put your tin foil hats on and read on. At the very beginning of this year Ericsson filed a complaint against Samsung with the ITC, seeking an import ban on a big chunk of Samsung’s lineup, including the Galaxy S II and S III, Note and Note II, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note 10.1 and the other tablets, plus Samsung’s Android-powered portable media players and even some TVs and Blu-ray players.
As you can imagine, Samsung hired a legal counsel which recently filed protective order subscriptions. And the name of the judge in question, Sir Robin Jacob, is on the list.
Now, it’s worth pointing out that Judge Jacob was already retired in the first place but due to some UK laws he was invited to sit the Samsung vs. Apple case. And he is still retired and there don’t seem to be any UK laws preventing him from consulting Samsung in the US. Plus, he’s an expert in patent laws, so it makes sense for Samsung to hire him for his expertise and this case has nothing to do with Apple.
Still, we’re sure the conspiracy theorists will run amok with this news. You can follow the FOSS Patents blog by Florian Muller who puts his legal knowledge into covering patent disputes between tech companies in more understandable terms.