Latest Apple vs. Samsung trial begins, Cupertino launches the first jab
The Apple vs. Samsung trial has officially begun, and if you were tired of all the drama in the previous one, this one is actually interesting and unique on its own. Previously we saw how Apple won the previous patent trial based mostly on software patent infringement, and this time, the lawsuit digs deeper into how Samsung has benefited in copying Apple’s smartphone development.
Today the trial has begun with Apple’s opening statement, where the company specifically asks for over $2 Billion in damages over Samsung’s infringement in five different patents. By contrast, even though Samsung doesn’t deny this in its defense, it plans to fight the trial by arguing that Apple also copied two of its patents as well. The opening statement mainly focused on how Apple has benefited in building smartphones by copying all of Apple’s development process, something that could involve as many as 50 patents in total. Apple’s attorney was also clear that this would leave Google out of any need to participate in this trial, as this is not a problem with Android specifically.
Obviously we then have to hear how Samsung plans to defend its side. Apple’s plans are to gain as much as $40 per every smartphone that Samsung has shipped, which would cripple the company’s net revenue in the segment its making the most money out of, in the mid-tier market. We’ll see how this develops.
Source: The Verge