Trials & Litigation

Jury Foreman in $1B Apple-Samsung Case Owns Patent for Smartphone-Related Apparatus

A video interview by Bloomberg of the foreman of a federal jury in California that awarded over $1 billion to Apple Inc. in a patent dispute case last week is likely to be watched with considerable interest by legal counsel for the losing party, Samsung Electronics Co.

Among other potential issues that could be raised on appeal is whether Velvin Hogan, 67, a longtime employee in the computer hard disk drive industry, had a conflict of interest because he personally owns a patent that could be used in smartphones, the Daily Mail reports.

It’s not clear, however, that either Apple or Samsung was ever aware of Hogan’s patent for a “method and apparatus for recording and storing video information,” let alone made use of it.

The Daily Mail article includes a link to the Bloomberg video (scroll down).

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