During the course of the recent trial on patent dispute
settlement between tech giants
) and Samsung, the former accused the latter of misleading the
jury. According to Apple, Samsung's claim that three of the five
patents under dispute were not being currently used by Apple was
baseless, and not justified by facts and figures.
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Moreover, Apple supported its accusation by claiming that it was
making good usage of the three aforesaid patents and asked the
U.S. District judge, Lucy Koh who is overseeing the trial, to
provide it with an opportunity to show the same to Samsung.
The trial, as scheduled, commenced from Mar 31, 2014 in San Jose,
CA. The jury comprised 10 people, none of them related to the
technology or software space.
The trial began with Apple accusing Samsung of violating five of
its mobile software patents including the swipe to unlock feature
for logging into the iPhone and iPad. It claimed damages to the
extent of $2 billion for the same. Apple claimed that 10 Samsung
products including Galaxy S3 have violated these five patents.
Samsung retaliated by claiming that Apple's accusations were
false and intended to reduce competition in the industry. Samsung
went on to say that Apple's primary intention was to target
) Android OS which happens to be the operating system for all
Samsung mobile phones.
Moreover, Samsung also made fresh accusations against Apple
claiming that nine of its products including the likes of iPhone
5 had infringed two of Samsung's patents and claimed damages to
the extent of $7 million for the same.
This trial is the second clash between the two tech giants within
a span of two years. Previously, in 2012, Apple emerged
victorious in a trial where it accused Samsung of violating its
copyrights and received damages amounting to $1 billion for the
In their continuous endeavor to dominate the worldwide smartphone
market, both Samsung and Apple have spent millions of dollars in
legal fees since Apple initiated the fight in 2011, accusing each
other of copying their respective products.
Per Bloomberg, the smartphone market was valued at $338.2 billion
last year. Samsung accounted for 31% of industry revenue compared
with 15% for Apple. The latter's market share reduced on account
of the touch-screen factor becoming a common feature in low-cost
alternatives by Samsung, LG Electronics Inc. and Lenovo Group
Apple's loyal customer base, international expansion and a solid
cash position are expected to aid long-term growth. However,
increasing competition from the likes of Google,
) in most of its major product segments, higher operating
expenses and increasing legal complexities are headwinds.
Currently, Apple has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).