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Jury seated in Apple-Samsung trial
Day one is over and in the books. No, not the Olympics. We're talking about something that REALLY has an effect on everyone, the Apple-Samsung patent trial. As we told you, the first order of business was to seat a jury. The process, called voire dire, had Judge Lucy Koh questioning prospective jurors all day about their jobs, technology that they own, and some general background about their lives. The 10 member jury is made up of 7 men and 3 women. Sitting in the jury box is one insurance agent, an unemployed video game fanatic (is there any other kind?) a cycling retail manager and a startup payroll manager among others. Both Apple and Google each had one employee dismissed from the pool as was another who said the case reminded him of the Microsoft vs. Apple trial twenty years ago.

Judge Lucy Koh

Judge Lucy Koh

Starting Tuesday, both sides will present their opening arguments which means the jury will hear what each side intends to prove and how they intend to prove it. Anyone who has watched an episode of Matlack or Law And Order is familiar with this procedure. Judge Koh has tried to speed up the process, getting both sides to drop certain claims with the understanding that they can be asserted at a later date.

Last year, Apple started the legal action with a suit against Samsung for violating certain of Apple's patents including the infamous data-tapping patent that converts embedded phone numbers and URLs into links for users to click on. Currently, there is a preliminary injunction against the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 and the Samsung GALAXY Nexus although that one has been stayed by a Federal Appeals Court. As we told you on Monday, the Appeals Court has extended that stay, alowing the phone to be sold during the trial. An attempt by Apple to get a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy S III has failed.

source: electronista

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posted on 30 Jul 2012, 23:38 10

1. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


"including the infamous data-tapping patent that converts embedded phone numbers and URLs into links for users to click on"

I did not know Apple think they invented hyperlinks.

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 23:45 5

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5776; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Just because Apple is granted a patent, doesn't mean the patent is valid. One of Sammy's objectives in this trial is to invalidate the Apple patents at issue. Once Sammy is able to establish invalidity of the patents, they will be in position to negotiate a cross-licensing deal with Apple as the patents Sammy is asserting have withstood challenges. Even Apple acknowledges the validity of Sammy's patents, they just want to minimize the value (1/2 of 1 cent for each device) of the patents.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 00:09 6

7. tedkord (Posts: 4766; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Well that seems fair. Samsung patents only cover trivial nonsense, like how the phones communicate with the towers, etc...Nothing really integral like the rectangular shape, or the grid of icons, or the purloined swipe to unlock gesture.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 07:03

20. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Apple will give each jury a free iPhone and iPad and Samsung will loss the case very quickly.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 08:34 1

22. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Are you saying that Apple is going have to bribe the jury with free gifts, because their case has no logic behind it. Thus, give gifts, is the only way they can try to win?

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 15:31

25. imeubeu (Posts: 59; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


only the verdict will be read on the ipad

posted on 30 Jul 2012, 23:56 3

3. mas11 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


It will be impossible for this to be a fair trial. You need a jury that knows a lot about cellphone technology, but doesn't prefer one OS to the other. Which is almost impossible to find. They should really revise how they conduct these trials.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 00:02 1

5. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)


goes to show you how serious this case is being taken....the case will be judged fairly but not by your standards or anyone elses standards but by what is right and just for the mobile world....

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 01:30 3

11. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Totally disagree. You don't have to be a cellphone geek to be able to comprehend evidence. Just like you don't have to be a criminal justice major to be on a jury for a murder trial.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 07:13

21. mas11 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


What if all they know about 3G is what they heard from carriers?

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 00:00 1

4. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)


nexus is free! .........for now

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 00:05 13

6. tedkord (Posts: 4766; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Apple's worst nightmare would be 12 people with common sense seated in the jury box.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 01:31 2

12. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Ha 12 people with common sense would be game over for Samsung.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 01:46 8

13. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5776; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Already spinning in case of an Apple loss?

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 01:57 1

14. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I don't know. Is Ted spinning Samsungs loss?

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 02:43 5

16. tedkord (Posts: 4766; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


12 people with common sense would not only file in Samsung's favor, but would invalidate half of Apple's patents.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 11:48 1

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 11348; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Taco is right. Ted, and Doug r wrong as usual. Case closed.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 00:28 1

8. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


failpple at apple :) Haa

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 00:44 5

9. hung2900 (Posts: 794; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I always prefer PA to Engadget.
- Quick updated news.
- Less brainless comments from brainless fanboys.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 03:28

18. xtian1103 (Posts: 358; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


yeah me too. i spend more time reading here than checking my FB or G+. the articles are good, but sometimes the comments are much more entertaining. we are afterall fans of tech.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 01:26

10. Seannyc (Posts: 59; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


no offense I rly dnt think thats the right judge for the right trial. im not racist but asian ppl tend to stick together at times

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 02:22 1

15. Mark.J.Linskiy (unregistered)


Actually, she is more on Apples side. We've seen this clearly in previous cases.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 03:24

17. roscuthiii (Posts: 1801; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Judge Koh always looks surprised in her photos.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 03:31

19. DogsGoMeow (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 May 2012)


here we go again..

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 12:48

24. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Lol hyperlink? They really think they invented hyperlinking? Apples really gone overboard with this one...but if they were issued a patent I guess they can try to follow through, even tho it can be invalidated easily. They should really be looking at smart phones as computers now since android is basically Linux and if I'm not mistaken iOS was built off it as well.

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