The Apple and Samsung patent case continues

Posted Mar 31, 2014

Today Apple and Samsung are facing off in court again. Lawyers will begin selecting a jury for a new trial that will address a new line of complaints against a different set of phones. Apple and Samsung lawyers will get 25 hours to argue their case, which will take the trial through most of April. A lot of this time will be spent on discussing the design of Apple and Samsung’s phones. Apple has accused Samsung of copying some of its designs and functionality to get ahead in the smartphone market.

“Instead of pursuing independent product development, Samsung slavishly copied Apple’s innovative technology, with its elegant and distinctive user interfaces product design, in violation of Apple’s valuable intellectual property rights,” said Apple in a document filed in 2012. Samsung denied the accusation.

Apple said that Samsung infringed on 5 of its patents in 10 models of phones and tablets. Samsung claimed Apple infringed on 2 of its patents in 9 phones and tablets.

Apple’s patents include the slide to unlock feature along with autocomplete. Samsung’s patent covers remote video transmission and digital imaging.

In 2011, Apple was awarded $930 million in damages in the same court. That case is moving into the appeals phase.

This case is Apple vs. Samsung, 12-00630, at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose.