Apple and Samsung to renew patent battle in US court
By Glenn Chapman, AFP
March 31, 2014, 12:08 am TWN
SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple and Samsung will return to federal court in the heart of Silicon Valley on Monday for a new round in their patent war.
The case concerns smartphone and tablet patents and is just the latest in a long-running feud between the two tech giants, who are battling for supremacy in a multi-billion-dollar market.
"The parties tried hard to accuse each other's latest and greatest products, but U.S. patent litigation is slow, which is why this 2014 trial will be about 2012 and pre-2012 products," intellectual property analyst Florian Mueller said in a post at website fosspatents.com.
The rivals will face off once again before District Court Judge Lucy Koh in the California city of San Jose.
Koh presided over a trial last year that ended with a jury declaring Samsung owed Apple more that a billion dollars in damages for infringing patents with some older model Android-powered devices.
The damages award was later trimmed to US$929 million and is being appealed.
If this new trial goes in Apple's favor, it could result in an even bigger award since it involves better-selling Samsung devices built with Google-backed Android software.
This time California-based Apple is taking aim at Samsung's flagship Galaxy line crafted to challenge the iPhone in the high-performance end of the market.