The long-led and much awaited case of patent infringement between the two Silicon Valley giants Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co. commences today in the federal court in California. Apple-Samsung are set for a showing in one of the most watched patent trials today in San Jose, California. The trial is the first of its kind as the case with the potential to reshape a fast-evolving market the two now dominate.
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The trial is a deciding factor for the future of the smartphone and tablet industry as Apple Inc. has accused Samsung of slavishly copying the design of its prized iPad and iPhone. Apple Inc.’s $2.5 billion patent- infringement lawsuit against its rival Samsung Electronics Co. is a battle that is being fought on four continents. Both sides have engaged in allegations and counter-allegations in courts across the world for dominance of a mobile-device market.
The tech titans will lock horns in a federal courtroom in front of U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh who has practiced as an intellectual-property litigator in Silicon Valley for eight years. Jurors will decide each company’s claims that its rival infringed patents covering designs and technology for mobile devices, with potential damage awards reaching billions of dollars.
Apple Inc. has charged Samsung Electronics Co. of slavishly copying the designs of iPhone and iPad for its smartphones and tablets. The maker of the iPhone and iPad claims of Samsung infringing three of its patents: actionable linking, slide-to-unlock, and touchscreen word suggestion. The South Korean company has countersued and will be presenting claims that Apple is infringing two patents covering mobile-technology standards and three utility patents. Samsung is demanding royalties of as much as 2.4 percent for each device sold, according to a court filing. However, if Samsung is found guilty, it would be forced to remove these features from its devices.
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The dispute has grown steep into the tech sector, with companies including Microsoft Corp, IBM Corp, Nokia and Research in Motion Ltd filing court papers this week to try to keep their own patent licensing agreements from being disclosed during the trial.
The case is Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., 11-cv-01846, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).