After some time of deciding which members were biased, and which weren’t, a jury has been selected for Apple’s next big court date with Samsung. Apple wants $40 per device sold by Samsung which it alleges makes use of its patents without proper permission.
Finding a jury in the corner of the globe where tech is king proved to be challenge. And – in the end – Judge Koh had to okay people who owned and used Apple and Samsung products, since it’s almost impossible to find someone who doesn’t have an iPhone, iPad or Samsung TV in Silicon Valley. This selection was after the court had already dismissed several potential jury members for having ties with either company. In the end, a jury made up of six women and four men was selected, with various occupations.
If you’ve been keeping an eye on the legal spat between Samsung and Apple over the past few months, you’ll know that the two tech giants are set to appear in court again this year. Last time out, the case ended with Samsung being ordered to pay over $1 billion in damages to Apple for use of its patented designs. After a few appeals, and judge orders, that was eventually reduced to around $930 million.
In Apple vs. Samsung round 2, Apple claims that up to 5 patents have been infringed upon by Sammy. Likewise, Samsung is countersuing for 2 patent infringements among a host of devices. The court case is set to begin today with a video showing an overview of patent law, and then opening arguments from each side. Phil Schiller, Apple’s SVP or marketing is the company’s first witness. It’s unlikely that we’ll have a final conclusion to this trial for at least a month.