The Apple-Samsung patent war goes 'hardcore'.
The long-anticipated Apple vs. Samsung trial kicked off this Monday with jury selection in San Jose, California.
The first day of the (patent wars) trial between Apple and Samsung wrapped up with a jury in hand.
U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh (who has previously 'ruled' in favor of Apple) will preside, and the court now has 10 jurors, who will hear testimony and decide the case.
So, Apple's effort is focused on getting billions in damages from Samsung, as well as potentially keeping some of its most popular products off store shelves. Meanwhile Samsung said Apple's suit against it threatens to "stifle" innovation among other device-makers if Apple is successful.On the way to that selection, potential jurors were asked myriad questions ranging from what gadgets they owned to whether they worked for either company. Such a question was an important one given where the trial is taking place. The U.S. District Court here in San Jose is just a few miles away from Apple's nearby Cupertino headquarters.
As it turned out, both a Google and Apple employee were in the pool of potential jurors, along with numerous former tech workers. Those two individuals did not make it into the final group, though a man who told the court that he had once been involved with a patent-related lawsuit made it on the final jury, which is made up of 7 men and 3 women.
Opening arguments are expected this Tuesday, and Apple will be allowed to reference Steve Jobs...
And, the trial is expected last through the end of August.Samsung's legal team started the day by focusing on the upcoming opening statments. The company was hoping to incorporate additional materials in its presentation‚ including references to Shin Nishibori's Sony-inspired iPhone design experiment, and was also looking to strike references to Steve Jobs in Apple's own presentation (you may recall that Judge Lucy Koh previously ruled that Jobs' comments about going "thermonuclear" on Android wouldn't be introduced into the trial).
Samsung's counsel said it feared raising Jobs would turn the trial into a "popularity contest", but Koh overruled the objection; the fate of the company's own presentation slides will be decided in a hearing tomorrow morning.
Who will win? Make your bets!Koh, who is presiding over the case, said that the evidence portion is slated to wrap up as soon as August 17, but more likely the 20 or 21. After that, the jury begins its deliberation.
NEWS SOURCE #1: Apple Samsung trial gets its jury (via) CNET
NEWS SOURCE #2: Apple vs Samsung jury selected (via) TheVerge
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