Apple vs. Samsung Patent Trial Begins: 10 Things You Should Know
NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple and Samsung are in the early stages of the latest in a series of patent infringement trials the two mobile device makers have contested in courtrooms around the world. Here are the issues that brought the two sides to U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif.Apple and Samsung are locked in what might just be the biggest patent infringement litigation campaign of the 21st century in courtrooms around the world. The latest phase of this campaign brought both sides to a trial in the U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., where they are accusing each other of violating patents they hold for mobile phone technology. The ultimate victor could receive billions of dollars in damages and in the process, the entire mobile phone market along with our understanding of patent law could be dramatically altered.
But trying to weave through the many elements of the trial that convened in San Jose on July 30 isnt always easy. Both companies are making very strident accusations and so far, its been impossible to determine which side has the best case. What is clear, however, is that if you are interested in the phones manufactured by Apple and Samsung, or in the future of the mobile phone industry, you should keep an eye on this trial.