“For the past three weeks, a federal jury has been given competing portraits of Apple and Samsung, two of the largest, most powerful technology companies in the world — one is a hero, the other a villain,” Howard Mintz reports for The San Jose Mercury News.

“When they begin deliberating the fate of the smartphone and tablet war between the two rivals later this week, the jury will simply have to decide whether Apple or Samsung should be branded the villain,” Mintz reports. “And the nine-member jury’s verdict, which some observers say may favor Apple, could carry a multibillion-dollar penalty and send shock waves through the raging smartphone and tablet market.”

Mintz reports, “Legal experts say Apple’s simpler arguments, coupled with the mystique of its products, may give it an advantage, but much depends upon the amount of credibility the jury assigns to Samsung’s counter-arguments. Mark Lemley, a Stanford University law professor, observed that ‘Apple’s case is easier to understand — it’s less technical and has a good-guy, bad-guy story.’ Julie Blackman, a trial strategy consultant and patent expert, agreed. ‘Apple has a considerable advantage because of the high-profile nature of the iPads and iPhones and the ‘proof’ of their innovativeness,’ she said. ‘I’d be surprised if they (the jury) choose not to support the value of Apple’s work.'”

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