“Apple Inc.’s and Samsung Electronics Co.’s opening arguments in a $2 billion trial over smartphone technology will be heard today by a jury that includes a retired International Business Machines Corp. software systems manager, a medical billing administrator and a community service officer,” Joel Rosenblatt reports for Bloomberg.
“The jury of six women and four men was chosen yesterday in the same San Jose, California, courtroom where jurors two years ago found that Samsung infringed Apple’s patents and awarded $1.05 billion in damages,” Rosenblatt reports. “With U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh’s repeated pleas for a settlement unheeded, the companies are geared up for another monthlong trial and inevitable appeals, adding new legal bills to the hundreds of millions of dollars they’ve already spent on disputes before courts and regulators on four continents.”
“While screening prospective jurors for possible bias, the judge voiced concern that a man who claimed to own 1,000 shares of Apple is too invested in the company to be able to serve impartially,” Rosenblatt reports. “In the first trial, jurors found Samsung infringed six of seven Apple patents and rejected all of Samsung’s claims against Apple products. Damages against Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung were reduced to $930 million after a retrial. Samsung has appealed that award, as well as the original infringement verdict.”
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