The judge who threw the book at Apple (AAPL) in a patent case with Samsung is now working to defend the Korean company in another legal spat.
In October, ex-judge Sir Robin Jacob - who was ruling over a case between Apple and Samsung (Korea Stock Exchange: 593-KR) in the U.K. - ordered Apple to publicly apologize to the Korean company in newspapers and on the company website for claiming Samsung copied its smartphone design.
(Read More: UK Court to Apple: Say Sorry Like You Mean It )
Now Robin is working on behalf of Samsung, according to documents filed with the International United States Trade Commission Wednesday.
The law firm Fish & Richardson filed papers with the ITC regarding its legal battles with Ericsson (Stockholmsborsen:ERIC.B-SE) in the U.S. In the document, Robin is one of nine legal experts mentioned in the filing that will offer legal expertise on the case.
Samsung said in a statement to CNBC that Robin was not an employee of the company, but was an "expert" hired by the legal firm that represents Samsung.
"Sir Robin Jacob is not a legal representative of Samsung Electronics. A highly reputed intellectual property expert and academic, Sir Robin has been contracted as an expert by a law firm that represents Samsung Electronics in its case against Ericsson," Samsung said in its statement.
Fish & Richardson did not return a request for comment as to when they hired Richardson as a contractor, but Robin signed his protective order subscription, which is a legal document that basically says he won't disclose any information in secret documents, last Thursday, according to the filing.
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