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Jury Deliberates Historic Apple-Samsung Case
Apple’s position is that Samsung spent three months slavishly copying the iPhone design that it took Apple four years to invent

The jury began deliberating the so-called case of the century Wednesday after the CEOs of Apple and Samsung failed to resolve their patent dispute in talks Monday.

Presiding judge Lucy Koh warned the companies that either or both of them could be at risk if the jury gets the complicated case. She advised Tim Cook and Kwon Oh Hyun to try settling ahead of their deliberations.

They also went through such formalities before the trial started to no avail.

In what looked like a clear indication of the futility of any further negotiations, the sides told Kohn over the weekend that they had been unable to narrow their claims as she wanted.

The jury’s verdict now depends on how the nine jurors answer 700 yes-and-no questions on the 20-page verdict form.

Before retreating to the jury room the jurors had to sit through two hours of Koh reading them a daunting 109 pages of 84 instructions that they took with them into their deliberations along with 26 Samsung phones and two tablets to compare to the iPhone and iPad.

It’s said their verdict could change the nature of competition.

Apple wants as much as $2.88 billion in damages, but more than money it wants Samsung’s widgets permanently enjoined. Samsung wants $421.8 million in royalties as a way to nudge Apple into giving it a license.

Apple’s position is that Samsung spent three months slavishly copying the iPhone design that it took Apple four years to invent. Samsung claims it’s just natural technological progression out of the “form follows function” school and that Apple is out to stifle legitimate competition and limit consumer choice.

Obviously this could take a while. The jurors probably spent Wednesday trying to figure out a way to approach the task before them.

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