8/22/2012 11:56:50 AM
Jury starts deliberating US Apple/Samsung case
Samsung's lawyer has argued that if Apple win its US patents case it could damage competition and reduce consumer choice.
The jury has started deliberating on the trial, which has lasted several weeks in a San Jose courtroom, after hearing closing arguments from both legal teams. Apple has accused Samsung of copying the design and features of its iPad and iPhone and is seeking more than $2.5bn in damages. The Korean manufacturer claims that Apple has violated several of its own patents.
Apple's lawyers told the jury that Samsung decided to take a shortcut in copying its designs after realising it could not compete otherwise. A win for Apple could lead to sales bans in the US for some Samsung products. Apple lawyer Harold McElhinny said the jury should consider the testimony of a designer who said she worked constantly on Samsung's phones for three months. He said: 'In those critical three months, Samsung was able to copy and incorporate the result of Apple's four-year investment in hard work and ingenuity – without taking any of the risks.'
However, Samsung said Apple winning the case would ultimately damage the consumer. Reuters reported Charloes Verhoeven as saying: 'Rather than competing in the marketplace, Apple is seeking a competitive edge in the courtroom. [Apple thinks] it's entitled to having a monopoly on a rounded rectangle with a large screen. It's amazing really.' He added that Apple had provided no evidence to show consumers mistakenly bought a Samsung product instead of an iPad or iPhone. He said: 'Consumers make choices, not mistakes.'
Editor: Graeme Neill