Two giants in the smartphone industry will be heading back to court tomorrow for a new round in what appears to be a never ending patent war. Samsung and Apple both claim that their patents have been infringed upon and that the other company has ripped their designs and features. Both parties will appear before District Court Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California.
Starting this Monday the jury selection for the case will begin. Both sides will have 25 hours each to present their evidence to make their case with jurors. In this round of litigation Apple is accusing Samsung of infringing on five patents which covers Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Samsung on the other hand is accusing Apple of stealing two if its ideas which are used in iPhones and iPads.
Apple attorneys said that “Apple revolutionized the market in personal computing devices. Samsung, in contrast, has systematically copied Apple’s innovative technology and products, features and designs, and has deluged markets with infringing devices.”
Samsung attorneys on the other hand said “Samsung has been a pioneer in the mobile device business sector since the inception of the mobile device industry. Apple has copied many of Samsung’s innovations in its Apple iPhone, iPod, and iPad products.”
Just in case you are wondering this 2014 trial will be about 2012 and pre-2012 products.
In this case Apple says that Samsung stole its tap-from-search technology. This allowed anyone to searching for an address or a number on a web to tap on the result to call it or pin the address on a map. Apple also claims that Samsung copied its “Slide to Unlock” technology that allowed users to swipe their finger on the display to use the smartphone.
Samsung on the other hand claims that Apple used a wireless technology that it developed to allow the faster transmission of data.
What’s probably the highlight of this case is Apple’s demand that Samsung pay $40 for every smartphone running on software that it allegedly copied from Apple. This amount is more than five times sought in the previous trial and should cost Samsung $2 billion if it lost. Apple on the other hand is expected to lose only $6 million if it loses.
Apple is contesting the following Samsung models
- Galaxy Nexus
- Galaxy Note
- Galaxy Note II
- Galaxy SII
- Galaxy SII
- Epic 4G Touch
- Galaxy SII Skyrocket
- Galaxy SIII
- Galaxy Tab II 10.1
Samsung on the other hand is contesting the following Apple models
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- iPad 2
- iPad 3
- iPad 4
- iPad mini
- iPod touch (5th generation)
- iPod touch (4th generation)
- MacBook Pro