By Stephen Schenck | August 24, 2012 4:40 PM
Coming off this morning’s news of a South Korean court ruling that spelled bad news for both Samsung and Apple alike, our attention is back on the ongoing case in the US. After both sides wrapped-up their arguments, the jury began deliberating yesterday. Today, the jury made a somewhat unusual request that it be allowed to deliberate this afternoon for an extra hour longer than scheduled; just what might it be thinking?
We’ve already heard about how frustrated Judge Koh seemed to be getting with Apple and Samsung, so maybe the jury finds itself in a similar state. Even though there are a lot of issues to consider, with deliberations expected to continue through next week, might the jury be so fed-up with things by now that it wants that extra hour in the hopes of getting this whole mess wrapped-up and behind it by the end of the day?
Such a thing would be highly unusual, leading us to visit some more plausible theories. Maybe the jury is trying to approach its decision in a methodical manner, and has so much ground it wants to cover today. Maybe it’s already reached an impasse and foresaw the need for extra time in order to work some issue out.
This request is ultimately likely to have little bearing on the outcome, but with all eyes on the trial, every little development is under close scrutiny.