The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features.
The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between the two tech giants that underscore a much larger concern about what is allowed to be patented.
''There's a widespread suspicion that lots of the kinds of software patents at issue are written in ways that cover more ground than what Apple or any other tech firm actually invented,'' Notre Dame law professor Mark McKenna said. ''Overly broad patents allow companies to block competition.''
Apple-Samsung row: The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley. (Reuters)
The latest Apple-Samsung case will be tried less than two years after a federal jury found the South Korean firm was infringing on Apple patents. Samsung was ordered to pay about $900 million but is appealing and has been allowed to continue selling products using the technology.
Now, jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in another round of litigation, with Apple Inc. accusing Samsung of infringing on five patents on newer devices, including Galaxy smartphones and tablets. In a counterclaim, Samsung says Apple stole two of its ideas to use on iPhones and iPads.
''Apple revolutionized the market in personal computing devices,'' Apple attorneys wrote in court filings. ''Samsung, in contrast, has systematically copied Apple's innovative technology and products, features and designs, and has deluged markets with infringing devices.''
Samsung countered that it has broken technological barriers with its own ultra-slim, lightweight phones.
''Samsung has been a pioneer in the mobile device business sector since the inception of the mobile device industry,'' Samsung attorneys wrote. ''Apple has copied many of Samsung's innovations in its Apple iPhone, iPod, and iPad products.''
In the upcoming case, Apple claims Samsung stole a tap-from-search technology that allows someone searching for a telephone number or address on the web to tap on the results to call the number or put the address into a map. In addition, Apple says Samsung copied ''Slide to Unlock,'' which allows users to swipe the face of their smartphone to use it.
Samsung countered that Apple is stealing a wireless technology system