Samsung and Apple Report No Progress in Narrowing Claims
Jurors will sit down this week in a U.S. federal courthouse to decide on how Apple and Samsung's products will look and work in the future.
Following the judge's request, lawyers representing the two companies met for the final time last weekend to try and narrow down the scope of their claims but both sides failed to make any progress.
The two parties will make their closing arguments on Tuesday, then it is up to the nine jurors to decide which Apple patents … if any … Samsung infringed upon when it created its Galaxy smartphone and tablet that rival Apple's iPhone and iPad.
The total amount Apple is asking Samsung for in damages is two.five billion dollars.
Samsung has filed a countersuit for 422 million dollars.
But the ramifications of losing this patent battle are much more severe than just the fine itself.
The case is the first in the 220 billion dollar global smartphone market to go before a federal jury… which means injunctions on products could bring losses on a much, much larger scale.
Meanwhile, a new report shows that Samsung is not the only Korean firm embroiled in a patent dispute.
According to the Korea Intellectual Property Office on Monday …the total number of patent infringement claims between Korean and foreign companies reached 280 last year … up eighty-percent in just two years.
It also showed most of the claims were brought upon Korean firms rather than the other way round.
Analysts say the worsening global economic conditions are forcing foreign companies to take stronger protectionist measures against Korean firms.
Yoo Li-an , Arirang News.
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