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Old 07-28-2012, 07:56 AM   #53
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And from CNN / Wired yesterday:

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The Apple versus Samsung patent showdown explained

By David Kravets, Wired
July 27, 2012 -- Updated 1603 GMT (0003 HKT) | Filed under: Mobile
Apple is accusing Samsung of theft of intellectual property based on its smartphone's design and scrolling technology.
Apple is accusing Samsung of theft of intellectual property based on its smartphone's design and scrolling technology.

(Wired) -- Did Apple rip off Samsung's intellectual property to create the iPhone, or did Samsung pilfer Apple's patents when it took on the iPad and iPhone with a slew of mobile devices and tablets?

Those are the burning questions at issue in the biggest trial so far in the ongoing worldwide mobile phone patent war that's broken out between Apple, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Samsung, HTC, Motorola and others.

Apple and Samsung, both competitors and business partners, have been jousting over the issue for more than a year, in what's really a proxy war between Apple and Google. But after 1,400 court docket entries, on Monday, in a San Jose, California, federal court, a nine-member jury is expected to be chosen to resolve the dispute in a highly anticipated patent and anti-trust trial.

At stake is billions of dollars in penalties, possible bans on imports of flagship consumer gadgets, and even whether Samsung will remain the world's foremost electronics producer of smartphones. Apple intends to push for more injunctions blocking the U.S. sale of the South Korea-based company's phones and tablets that are powered by Google's Android operating system.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has already blocked the Galaxy Nexus, the flagship Google phone, from being sold in the United States, but the decision has been stayed on appeal. Apple claims the Galaxy Nexus infringes its patents via "the core voice and search functionality within Android." Koh also blocked the U.S. sale of Samsung's initial iPad rivals, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- as has Germany, on the grounds it resembles the iPad too closely. (However, a British judge disagreed, saying the Tab was "not as cool" as the iPad.)
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http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/27/te...ial/index.html

and:
Apple v. Samsung: 5 Surprising Reveals in Latest Court Documents
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/...-monday-trial/

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