Closing arguments delayed in Apple trial
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – A federal court has delayed by a day closing arguments in the Apple and Samsung trial because of an appeals court ruling in another case on a related patent issue.
Dueling expert witnesses were called back to the stand Monday in a San Jose federal courtroom to discuss whether the ruling in a legal dispute between Apple and Motorola has any effect on the Apple and Samsung trial.
Lawyers will now deliver closing arguments Tuesday.
The Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., on Friday upheld a federal judge’s legal definition of Apple’s so-called “quick links” patent at issue in the dispute between Apple and Motorola.
Apple accuses Samsung of infringing the patent, which allows users to send phone numbers directly to a device’s dialer.
The appeals court ruling extended the monthlong trial by at least a day, and jurors could begin deliberations Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning.
The high-stakes battle between the world’s largest smartphone makers has exposed the cutthroat competition between the two companies. Each company accused the other of ripping off designs and features. At stake: $2 billion if Samsung loses, a few hundred million if Apple loses.
Teams of attorneys on both sides have spent the month trying to poke holes in obscure and bureaucratic patent legal claims, while keeping the eight jurors engaged. Drawing the most attention in the courtroom and the media are insider emails and meeting presentations documenting the frustration each company faced as they competed for market share.
Less than a year after Apple unveiled its iPhone in 2007 combining a web browser, music player and phone in one touch-screen device, Samsung officials noted they were quickly losing customers.