Apple vs Samsung: complete trial coverage

10th Aug 2012 | 17:05

Apple vs Samsung: complete trial coverage

All the latest news from one of the biggest patent trials ever

The Apple vs. Samsung patent trial is well underway and it's not without its fair share of drama. Claims of iPhone envy, tampering with evidence and leaks to the media abound - and that was just in the first week.

In what some are calling the trial of the century, Apple's seeking $2.5 billion (£1.59 billion) from Samsung for allegedly ripping off its iOS devices.

For its part, the South Korean company aims to prove its innocence while winning its own countersuit for $421.8 million (£268.1 million).

Here's the latest news from each day of the trial.

Samsung guilty, must pay $1.049 billion in damages

It took just 21 hours for the jury to reach its decision that Samsung violated a number of Apple design and technology patents, awarding the later $1.05 billion in the process. Samsung's countersuit was rejected and the South Korean company walks away with nothing.

Patent attorney weighs in

Linda Kennedy, a Detroit-based patent lawyer, talked with TechRadar about the nuances of the case, the challenges facing the jury and how the verdict could fall right down the middle.

Closing arguments done, verdict goes to jury

Both sides argued at length for their cause as Apple set out to hammer a nail in Samsung's coffin with a document showing side-by-side comparisons of the iPhone and Galaxy S while a Samsung attorney made the case for fair competition. The jury begins deliberations next.

700+ question verdit document

Looks like the decision will come to the nine-member jury, which is expected to be handed over the case August 22. They'll have to answer over 700 individual questions packed into a 22-page document to determine who walks away with millions - or billions - of dollars.

Last ditch effort

In an attempt to keep the decision, or at least a convoluted decision from falling into the jury's lap, U.S. District judge Lucy Koh persuaded both sides' CEOs to talk over the phone in an attempt to resolve the dispute out of court.

The end is in sight

Powering through 14 witnesses with just over three total hours of trial time left, both sides ended testimony during day 12 of the in-court trial. Closing arguments are expected to begin early next week, if Apple and Samsung can whittle down what their jury instructions are.

Samsung wants $421.8 million

Samsung set out to prove that it's actually owed money in lost royalties for patents Apple's alleged infringed upon while also making the case Apple's damage estimates are way off.

Koh wonders if Apple lawyers are 'on crack'

What would you think if a legal team submitted briefings for more than 20 rebuttal witnesses with under 6 and a half hours of court room time left?

Taking bites out of Apple

All appeared lost for Samsung as Apple presented compelling evidence the company wanted to emulate its iOS devices. Now, Samsung is firing back, blasting into Apple's claims of originality with key testimony. Apple, naturally, isn't taking this assault sitting down.

'We did it first'

Central to Samsung's argument of innocence is that Apple's products weren't completely unique designs but were instead a product of the technological times. During the 10th day of testimony, Samsung "fact witnesses" said they were designing tablets before Cupertino ever did.

Judge asks both sides to settle outside of court

Lucy Koh, the U.S. District judge overseeing the trial, urged both sides' CEOs to talk an out-of-court settlement over the phone this weekend, claiming trouble could fall for both sides if the decision comes to a jury.

Apple's the copycat, Samsung witnesses say

Drama wasted no time coming into the court today as one of Samsung's scheduled witnesses was barred by Intel from testifying. Others took up the case, saying Samsung never copied Apple and was actually ripped off by the Cupertino company.

Samsung's first witnesses take the stand

Apple rested its case while Samsung brought its first witnesses before the court as the trial's third week got underway.

Based on the calculations of an accountant and Apple expert witness, a guilty Samsung would owe between $2.5 billion and $2.75 billion while both Samsung witnesses said prior art debunks Apple's argument its designs are wholly unique.

Docs reveal licensing agreement terms

Court documents released during the trials 7th day shed light on negotiations between the two companies that stalled in 2010. According to the documents, Apple offered Samsung a $30 base for each touchscreen phone and $40 for each tablet it licensed.

Technology patents violated

The trial wrapped up its second week with another deluge of Apple-centric testimony as the company brought in several professors and survey takers who contended Samsung has infringed on multiple Apple technology patents while at the same time confusing consumers.

One of Samsung's attorneys attempted to justify the confusion some find between the two company's products as if comparing "McDonald's and Burger King."

Apple seeking billions from Samsung

Apple submitted a filing revealing just how much it wants Samsung to fork over for its alleged patent infringements: $2.5 billion (£1.59 billion), all taken from profits Samsung has made on the sale of "accused devices" like the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Document shows Samsung 'envied' iPhone

Apple entered an internal Samsung document into evidence that supposedly illustrates how the South Korean company carefully studied the iPhone and intended to copy the device.

However, Samsung says that, despite appearances, the internal document is "typical competitive analysis."

Samsung gets wrist slapped

Day five started with Samsung presenting photographic evidence of Apple's iPhone looking similar if not the same as Samsung's Epic 4G Touch.

However, in one of the trial's more dramatic turn of events, Judge Lucy Koh admonished Samsung's lawyers for tweaking the image of the Epic 4G Touch the night before the trial to look more like the iPhone.

"I'm not going to have this happen again," she warned.

'Designs substantially similar'

During testimony on day four, expert witness Paul Bressler - a prominent product designer - claimed that he felt the Samsung smartphone design essentially copied the iPhone, saying that "the design of the [Galaxy S 4G] would be considered substantially the same."

Bressler added,"It is my opinion there are a number of Samsung phones and two Samsung tablets that are substantially the same as the designs in [Apple's] patents."

Judge Koh attempts to plug leak

Judge Lucy Koh reprimanded both Apple and Samsung's legal teams for filing too many objections and reconsiderations calling the amount of filings "ridiculous."

Additionally, Judge Koh was reportedly angered by Samung's legal team leaking excluded evidence from the case to the media.

After telling Samsung that she thought that the evidence was intentionally leaked, she demanded to know who on the team made the decision to give the information to the press.

Let the games begin

Day one of the long-awaited Apple vs Samsung patent fracus began with a blast from the past. Several images of Apples abandoned prototypes of the first iPhone and iPad were presented in court.

The trial is expected to last a month, and Apple hopes to prove that Samsung copied design and user interface for several of its products.

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