Apple vs Samsung case to start before fresh jury


SAN FRANCISCO: Jurors were selected on Monday for a high stakes patent battle between smartphone rivals Apple and Samsung, setting the stage for attorneys to open fire regarding who copied innovations.

The case concerns smartphone and tablet patents and is just the latest in a long-running feud between the two tech giants, who are battling for supremacy in a multi-billion-dollar market.

Lawyers for Apple and Samsung will begin opening remarks on in front of the freshly-chosen panel of ten jurors before District Court Judge Lucy Koh in the  California city of San Jose.

The jury of six women and four women promised Koh they would keep open minds and only consider evidence presented in her courtroom.

Koh presided over a trial last year that ended with a jury declaring Samsung owed Apple more that a billion dollars in damages for infringing patents with some older model Android-powered devices.

The damages award was later trimmed to $929 million and is being appealed. If this new trial goes in Apple’s favor, it could result in an even bigger award since it involves better-selling Samsung devices built with Google-backed Android software.

Unlike the trial last year, this one takes aim at devices still on the market, such as the Galaxy S3 from Samsung’s flagship line and iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S.

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