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You can't patent sexy: The Apple-Samsung trial told in tweets

Martyn Williams | Nov. 21, 2013
Wi-Fi problems, one-liners, Batkid and lots and lots of numbers: The trial in tweets

For the past five days, eight jurors, one judge and a handful of reporters in a California courtroom have listened to a couple of dozen lawyers argue over hundreds of millions of dollars that Samsung might owe to Apple for infringing its patents.

The jury trial is a cornerstone of the justice system in many countries and most people's access to the process has typically been through the daily dispatches of reporters. These days — at least in the Northern District of California — those reporters are often allowed to use laptops and access the Internet. And that means they can tweet.

Here's a look at some of the highs and lows of the trial as told through those tweets.

On numbers
There are a lot of dollars at stake and that means a lot of talk about money. Sometimes the testimony got deep in the weeds. On Friday, as most of nearby San Francisco was absorbed with a little boy having his Batman dream come true, there was a plea from the courtroom for help.

@inafried - 15 Nov - Dear #SFBatKid when you are done saving SF, swing by San Jose. Dozens being held hostage in court listening to mind-numbing accounting talk

@hmintz - 14 Nov - Judge blocks media and gallery types from seeing sealed docs on Apple profit and loss statements. C'mon. I wouldn't understand them anyway..

@daiwaka - 14 Nov - Samsung attorney keeps getting rebuffed on his math by Apple's expert accountant witness. And I thought journalists were bad at math.

On Judge Koh
Lawyers try to get away with whatever shenanigans they can, so it's important that someone keep them in check. Judge Lucy Koh ran a tight ship and didn't tolerate games from either side.

@daiwaka - 14 Nov - "If we're going to get into it, we're GOING to get into it" Judge Koh. If I was allowed a recording device, I would make that my ringtone.

@SFjlove - 18 Nov - Rejection, Judge Koh style. "Alright, that's denied."

On boredom and excitement
There was a lot of sitting, a lot of listening and - very occasionally - a bit of excitement to keep people awake. But most of the trial felt like a long haul to the finish.

@Swiftstories - 14 Nov - Many members of #icourt jury appear to be zoning out as Price projects image of Apple's consolidated financial statements.

@sharatibken - 14 Nov - Man sitting in front of me started snoring lightly. I feel your pain, buddy.

@daiwaka - 14 Nov - We are getting Apple marketing head Phil Schiller today in #iCourt! Reporters rejoice! Finally, something to write about.

 

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