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Samsung to question Apple's Phil Schiller in post-trial deposition, judge orders

Samsung's lawyers to have three hours of deposition questioning time with Apple's SVP of Worldwide Marketing

Samsung has been given the right to question Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller for up to three hours, an order filed on Thursday has revealed.

The Verge reports that US magistrate judge Paul S. Grewal has given Samsung three hours of deposition questioning time with Schiller as part of the post-trial action.

The aim of the order is to offer Samsung clarity on the comments made by Schiller in a court document about his support for Apple's pursuit of a ban of some products competing products from Samsung that the jury found infringed Apple's intellectual property.

Samsung says that some of the statements made by Schiller in the court document were "new or in conflict with his testimony at trial," and therefore shouldn't be allowed to be introduced to into the lawsuit. Alternatively, Samsung's lawyers should be allowed to ask Schiller about the comments themselves.

"Mr. Schiller is an Apple executive who testified at trial and whom Samsung has already deposed, and whose declaration is limited to facts and does not include any expert opinions," Apple lawyers told the court last week.

To this, judge Grewal replied: "Clarification of the court's October 29 order is what Apple wants, and so clarification Apple shall get. No later than November 5 2012, Mr Schiller shall appear for three hours of deposition. It is so ordered."

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