At a hearing yesterday US District Judge Lucy Koh told Apple and Samsung that both sides need to limit their cases to 25 patent claims each, and no more than 25 allegedly infringing products could be listed. Judge Koh threatened to put the whole case on hold unless both sides narrow the case down and accused them of overbroad accusations.
"As this case as it is currently framed, I'm refusing to go forward," Koh said.
Just take your best shots," Koh said. "I don't want a lot of sausage filler."
Apple won a $1.05 billion verdict against Samsung last year, which is being appealed. At this point, that lawsuit covers the previous generation of phones includes Apple's iPhone 4 and Samsung's Galaxy S II. The newer lawsuit over patents, which includes Apple's search-related patents, was filed in 2012. That case covers newer phones like the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III.
Currently, the new case is scheduled to go to trial in March 2014.
Samsung filed a motion to suspend the lawsuit, while Apple opposed it, but Koh insisted the case has to be smaller in scope in order to move ahead.
Ultimately the war will wage on assuming that both sides can get the number of issues down to a level acceptable to judge Koh.
We will have more on this story as it develops.
Source: Ars Technica