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It's time for justice, says Apple in US$2 billion case against Samsung

Martyn Williams | April 30, 2014
Samsung deliberately copied several key iPhone features in an attempt to catch up in the phone market, Apple charged as it wrapped up a jury trial against Samsung in San Jose on Tuesday.

If anything, the argument is easier for Samsung to make this time around because of the focus on Android software functions. In contrast, a previous trial between the two companies here was focused on the look and feel of Samsung's phones — something that was the result of Samsung's design department rather than Google.

Apple tried several times to persuade the jury that Google's shadow presence in the case is just to cause confusion.

"Despite all the times Samsung mentioned it, you will not find a single question about Google in your verdict form," said McElhinny.

The trial provided further insight into the hatred that Steve Jobs harbored for Android, including a preparatory document for a 2011 internal managerial meeting that called for a "Holy War" against Google, but also the growing threat Android was posing to Apple's dominant position in smartphones. In internal emails and presentations, Apple staffers highlighted areas where Android was moving ahead of iOS and the growing preference of consumers for phones with larger screens.

The jury is due to get the case later on Tuesday and then begin daily deliberations.

 

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