Apple and Samsung set for mother of all iBattles
The legal phoney war between Apple and its biggest rival in smartphones and tablet computers, Samsung, finally gave way to real courtroom hostilities yesterday, as a patent case with billions of dollars at stake got under way in Silicon Valley.
Samsung stands accused of "a deliberate decision to copy Apple's iPhone and iPad". The court, under judge Lucy Koh, has already granted Apple an injunction banning Samsung from selling one version of its Galaxy Tab in the US, pending the outcome of the trial, and the result could severely hamper Samsung's ability to design phones and tablets without making licensing payments to Apple.
The jury is expected to hear four weeks of argument, not just on three design patents Apple says Samsung is infringing, but on technology patents that Samsung, in a counter-suit, says Apple is infringing.