Josh Krevitt, a lawyer for Cupertino, California-based Apple, told Koh he was considering filing a request for a temporary restraining order in the interest of blocking sales of the Galaxy S III before its scheduled release in the U.S. this month.
Koh said that if Apple chooses to pursue the restraining order, that “will likely bump” Apple’s July 30 trial date in an earlier, related infringement case targeting Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung’s tablet computer, among other devices.
“I just don’t have the human bandwidth” to handle the strain of the companies’ multiplying demands in the cases, Koh said. “I wanted to give some notice that I cannot be an Apple v. Samsung judge.”
Krevitt said the choice was unfair, and forced by Samsung’s tactic of releasing new generations of products before courts around the world are able to issue infringement rulings on the original devices at issue.