In a San Jose, California federal courthouse, lawyers from tech giants Apple and Samsung are battling it out over Smart phone technology with Apple claiming Samsung stole their iPhone technology and Samsung counterclaiming they were legally giving the purchasing public what they demanded: big-screened Smart phones.
Last-minute talks between executives at both companies failed to come up with a solution to the situation and now it will be up to a jury to decide if anything was stolen or infringed and what compensation should be paid, if any.
Apple Corp. Is demanding that Samsung Electronics Co. Admit they stole iPhone and iPad technology and used it to bring competing communication devices to market. Apple wants compensation to the tune of $2.5 billion. According to Apple lead attorney Harold McElhinny, Samsung has sold 22.7 million devices using ripped-off Apple know-how. He spoke to the jury on Tuesday.
“The damages in this case should be large because the infringement has been massive,” he said, and later added: “Instead of doing the right thing, Samsung decided to gin up claims of its own,” referring to Samsung’s counterclaim in which $399 million is being sought from Apple for using Samsung technology and expertise in their iPhone and iPad designs.
Apple further wishes that Samsung remove its competing products from the American market-place.
Samsung lawyer Charles Verhoten arguing that many Smart phone manufacturers have used designs similar to Apple’s due to the general advances in technology, stated to the jury: “There is nothing nefarious about this, it’s the way technology has evolved. It’s not against the law in this country to be inspired by your competition.” He finished by stating that “Consumers deserve a choice.”
The two companies are battling it out in courtrooms in other countries as well, including the U.K, Germany, and Australia. If Apple wins the case and is awarded the requested damages, it will be the largest patent verdict in the country.