“Apple Inc.’s $2.5 billion patent- infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. begins today in federal court in California with selecting the first U.S. jury to consider the global smartphone dispute,” Joel Rosenblatt reports for Bloomberg.
“U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, who practiced as an intellectual-property litigator in Silicon Valley for eight years, is presiding over the trial,” Rosenblatt reports. “Jurors will decide each company’s claims that its rival infringed patents covering designs and technology for mobile devices, with potential damage awards reaching billions of dollars.”
Rosenblatt reports, “Apple, the iPhone maker based in Cupertino, California, just 11 miles from the courthouse, won’t benefit from any bias from a jury drawn from Silicon Valley, said Stanford Law School Professor Mark Lemley. ‘Just as many people in the valley work for Android companies like Google as work for Apple,’ Lemley said in an e- mail, referring to Google Inc.’s Android operating system that some Samsung products use. ‘I expect that a Silicon Valley jury will be more technologically sophisticated than most, and that may work in Samsung’s favor.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: The only thing that would work in Samsung’s favor would be a blind jury.
Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s: