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Apple execs Phil Schiller, Greg Joswiak, others might testify in upcoming Samsung damages retrial

Current and former Apple executives, including Phil Schiller,Greg Joswiak and Scott Forstall, are on a list of potential witnesses who could appear at the second Apple v. Samsung damages retrial set for March.




Apple and Samsung filed respective witness lists with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday in accordance with a case management order lodged last year. In its filing, Apple expects to call VP of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing Greg Joswiak and VP of Procurement Tony Blevins to offer testimony at the upcoming retrial. On the "may call" list is SVP of Worldwide Marketing Schiller, Senior Director of Industrial Design Christopher Stringer and VP and Chief IP Counsel Bruce Watrous.

Along with active employees, Apple might call on alums like former iOS chief Scott Forstall, Mac icon designer Susan Kare, Director of Patent Licensing and Strategy Boris Teksler and financial analyst Mark Buckley.

Many of the execs named today were summoned during the first Apple v. Samsung court action nearly four years ago. Schiller, Forstall, Stringer, Kare and Teksler offered testimony in 2012.

Also of note is Peter Bressler, the expert witness whose testimony and reports were used extensively by Apple to successfully argue its case against Samsung.

Blevins, Buckley, Joswiak, Teksler and Watrous are also on Samsung's list of potential witnesses, while other current and former Apple employees include Freddy Anzures, Imran Chaudhri, Daniel Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, Richard Howarth, Eric Jue, Duncan Kerr, Stan Ng, Andrew Platzer, Arthur Rangel, Matthew Rohrbach, Steven Sinclair, Michael Tchao, Sissie Twiggs, Eugene Whang, Tamara Whiteside and Rico Zorkendorfer.

Samsung executives and other expert witnesses with specialties in patent law, marketing and financial operations are expected to be called by both sides.

Judge Lucy Koh ordered retrial proceedings to commence after Samsung's unsuccessful petition for an en banc rehearing of a prior $399 million damages ruling. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied Samsung's request for appeal, handing the case back down to district court.

The March retrial will be the third to reach a jury as part of the original Apple v. Samsung saga that initially left Samsung on the hook for $1.06 billion in damages. Subsequent court actions whittled Apple's award down to $548 million, which the Korean company agreed to pay in December with reimbursement caveats.

Judge Koh has set a trial date for March 28. The proceedings are scheduled to run eight days.