“An attorney for Apple told a jury Tuesday that rival Samsung faced two options to compete in the booming cellphone market after Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to critical acclaim in 2007: Innovate or copy,” Paul Elias reports for The Associated Press.

“Attorney Harold McElhinny claimed Samsung Electronics Inc. chose to copy, making its smartphones and computer tablets illegal knockoffs of Apple’s popular products,” Elias reports. “Samsung ‘has copied the entire design and user experience’ of Apple’s iPhone and iPad,” McElhinny told a 10-person jury during his opening remarks at the closely watched patent trial.”

Elias reports, “Cupertino-based Apple filed its lawsuit against Samsung last year and is demanding $2.5 billion in damages, an award that would dwarf the largest patent-related verdict to date… ‘In some sense, the big part of the case is not Apple’s demands for damages but whether Samsung gets to sell its products,’ said Mark A. Lemley, a professor and director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science, and Technology. A verdict in Apple’s favor could send a message to consumers that Android-based products such as Samsung’s are in legal jeopardy, Lemley said.”

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