Samsung Calls In Experts to Prove It Didn’t Violate Apple Patents
The Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) versus Samsung (SSNLF.PK) trial just got a lot more technical. AppleInsider reports that Samsung has called on several computer scientists and other technology experts to testify that the company did not violate Apple’s patents.
Apple’s lawsuit names five patents that the California-based technology firm claims the South Korean smartphone maker violated and that the company is owed $2 billion for the technology covered in the patents. Samsung counters that Apple has violated two of its patents and owes $7 million. Each side gets 25 hours to present evidence, according to court documents.
This is the second time Apple has sued Samsung, alleging patent violations. Many of the same parties are involved in the San Jose, California, court. Even the same judge is overseeing the new case.
One feature that Apple claims Samsung stole is the slide-to-unlock function, Re/code and several other news outlets report. On Monday, senior UI designer Youngmi Kim took the stand to testify about that particular feature. The designer has worked for Samsung since 2004. She said through a translator that it makes no sense for Samsung to copy Apple, since they want to differentiate their products.
Another expert witness, Kevin Jeffay, a professor of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said that Apple’s patent is more limited than it claims in the lawsuit, CNET reported in its coverage of the trial on Tuesday.