It's been a long two weeks for those involved in the Apple vs. Samsung Trial, and it doesn't look to be going anywhere. It seems less like a trial, and more like a catty squabble, and Judge Lucy Koh is growing tired of it. Both Samsung and Apple have been unable to reach final instructions for the jury, which would be given to the judge and read to jurors. These instructions are the rules the jury follows when deciding who is guilty in the case. Apple had said they were working on coming to an agreement, but that Samsung was preventing progress. Samsung, on the other hand, said they had agreed to ten times more proposed instructions than Apple. In response, Judge Koh ordered that both Samsung and Apple resolve this issue and turn in final instructions to be reviewed. In an ordered issued Aug. 12, Koh released the following statement:

"The Court is disappointed by the parties' respective reports regarding their meet and confer efforts on final jury instructions. Lead trial councel shall meet and confer in person today and file joint and disputed final jury instructions by Monday, August 13, 2012, at 8 a.m. IT IS SO ORDERED"

Apart from the lack of jury instructions, the rest of the trial is a bit of a blame game at the moment. Apple stands behind it's accusation that Samsung copied many design features of the iPhone and have cost Apple billions of dollars in damages, while Samsung stands firm that inspiration and copying are two very different things. Samsung has said that they in no way copied the designs of Apple, and that in fact Apple got much of it's inspiration from earlier phones. Samsung attorney, Charles Verhoeven, used the LG Prada phone as an example. The phone has a much larger rectangular screen than many phones before it, and Samsung stands firm that this feature was not "invented" by Apple. Verhoeven said Apple couldn't have invented it, "it was already out there (All Things D)." In the latest from Apple's testimony, Apple had MIT professor John Hauser tell the jury what consumers would be willing to pay for the patented material on trial. Hauser said on an on-line survey he conducted, he found that consumers would be willing to pay $100 for the patented features (spring scrolling, multi-touch features) on their phone. Samsung said the findings were irrelevant, as consumers don't usually take these features into account when purchasing smartphones. These finding would be important in the settlement price if Apple were to win the trial. At the moment they are asking for $2.5 billion in damages. Many distinguished testimonies have taken place over the last few weeks, but only time will tell if the trial will make any progress. Information courtesy of: redorbit.com, appleinsider.com, All Things D.

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