Apple and Samsung haven't been able to agree on much during their legal battle that originally kicked off in mid-April, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the two firms can't agree on a schedule for a hearing on Apple's preliminary injunction. Originally Apple proposed that the hearing take place on August 5th, but Judge Lucy Koh thought that that date was just a tad too soon. In response, both Samsung and Apple filed proposed schedules for the process: Apple would like the hearing to begin on September 8th, while Samsung thinks October 14th would be a better fit.
Samsung has defended its proposed later date by claiming that because the injunction could have such a major impact on the company if it's granted (sales of four of its devices would need to be halted) that it needs plenty of time to prepare. It adds that since Apple took so long to file for the injunction after its original complaint that a few extra weeks won't hurt the Cupertino firm. Apple believes its proposed schedule is superior because it thinks that Samsung is simply stalling and that, because Apple feels that its complaints are straightforward, Samsung doesn't the 10 weeks that it's asking for to prepare for the hearing.
So whose schedule will win out in the end? Florian Mueller over at FOSS Patents thinks that Judge Koh will likely select a hearing date somewhere between the two proposed by Apple and Samsung. That means that we could finally see a hearing get underway sometime in mid to late September. That's kind of far away, but don't fret too much; I'm sure we'll see these two companies butt legal heads again sooner rather than later.
Via FOSS Patents