Apple vs Samsung 2014 kicks off today, Apple wants Google to sit this one out [UPDATE]



Yesterday, we gave you guys a run down of what is sure to be another fun filled year in the pissing match that is Apple vs Samsung: Part 2. Once again, the biggest mobile heavy weights on the glob will duke it out in a courtroom, with a jury of 8 ultimately deciding the victor.

Apple’s opening statement

Today, Apple outlined their overall strategy, claiming — just like in the previous trial (the one that found Samsung guilty of patent infringement) — that they put it all on the line back when they introduced the world to the original iPhone, only to have Samsung copy that magic and churn out millions of copy-cat products that have seen Samsung raking in billions of dollars every year.

This time around, there’s a whole new group of Samsung products Apple is claiming infringe on their IPs, and although Apple’s legal counsel says they could pull out over 50 patents Samsung is currently infringing — they’ve carefully chosen only 5 patents that are sure to bring them the win. Apple is hoping to prove to the court that because of these 5 infringed patents, they should be awarded $2 billion dollars. This number compiled by “experts” is a rough estimate of what it would have cost Samsung, had they just licensed these patents the legal way.

Yesterday we heard that Samsung could be calling in Google for backup, but during Apple’s opening statement, they mention that although Google made the operating system Samsung uses in their mobile devices (and is in most cases, the target of the infringement) it’s Samsung selling these products all over the world — not Google.

The best part about the trial is that because the lawsuit was filed back in 2012 (but only just made it to trial), many of the devices in question are no longer being actively sold. Sounds almost pointless to be pouring all this money into a trial, but we’re sure this is more about the principal for Apple. At this point, it sounds like Apple is simply trying to make a point. A very expensive one.

Samsung’s opening statement

Samsung’s opening statement was a bit more juicy than Apple’s. According the the defense, they allege it was merely competition with Samsung (and Android) that kept Apple up at night — and they have the internal emails to prove it.

The email in question links to a WSJ article titled “Has Apple Lost Its Cool to Samsung?” In the post, the WSJ talks about Samsung’s “Next Big Thing” marketing campaign — the one making fun of all the hipsters waiting in line for the next iPhone — in which Apple’s marketing chief Phil Schiller responds to the email with: “We have a lot of work to do.”

Samsung alleges that Schiller became so “obsessed” with Samsung’s new marketing campaign, he even asked Tim Cook to look into dropping their long time ad company TBWA\CHIAT\DAY. Schiller will be Apple’s first witness to take the stand once opening statements have concluded. Samsung is asking for $6.9 million in a counter suit.

Grab the popcorn

The jury consists of 6 men and 4 women from all walks of life (2 of which were dismissed). Everything from businessmen, to police officers and retired teachers. The trial will be ongoing throughout the entire month, with each side having 25 hours to make their case. Grab the popcorn and get comfy — this could take awhile.

[The Verge 1, 2]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I just don’t care anymore, the us patent system is a joke and Apple have been abusing it for years.

    I just hope it comes around to bite them in the ass someday.

    1. I think it already has, people seem to be moving away from them. I know some are for different reasons, but I bet they have lost several that just don’t believe in the practice. my 2 cents

      1. Just wait until they release that 5-inch iPhone. Sheeple will flood back in droves. -_-

        1. The lines will be wrapped around the building… I just sit back and laugh

        2. I can’t wait!! I’m drooling over the possibility of 8 rows of apps. Who needs widgets when you can launch an app as fast as an IPhone can.

        3. have you seen the leak photos from the factory? Looks like its super long yet again…If they are real that is…

          1. Can’t resist posting this again:

        4. So very sad but it may end up being true, Chris. Apple can’t take 100% of the blame for their zombie followers, though. Those people did choose not to investigate beyond the static and unyielding little playground that is called iOS.

          1. Well, Android isn’t helping by not having an upgrade system. Yay 5.5% on Kitkat…

          2. Adverts did their jobs on both sides. Consumers fell for it and become evangelic to both brands it’s sad and scary at the same time. The constant arguments online… my goodness.

            Commenter claims one OS/mobile device is objectively better than another.

            Someone disagrees.

            Commenter asks them for citation for their opinion.

            The rest of us weep for humanity.

          3. The fact that people disagree on topics like this isn’t the issue. It’s how they react and refuse to acknowledge when the other side has a point or when your opinion is wrong but you don’t want to admit it that makes it a bad thing.

          4. I agree, that’s what I was attempting to describe. These poor people look at this legal battle as their own and take sides as if they have major stakes in the results of the case. It’s a bit out of hand and has been for quite some time.

        5. Remember this, Chris? Watch Apple fanboys foam at the mouth:

        6. I’m sorry, Ari. I can’t hear you over the sound of my customisable device that can do cool things the iPhone can’t. Come back when there’s a replacement keyboard or Tasker app for the iPhone.

    2. i switched to an iphone 5 from a rooted motorola and am approaching my 2 years with it. it’s okay and it works. but i’m going with the s5 this year. maybe every 2 years ill switch between apple and android

      1. Sounds like a nice way to sample both sides of the war. Possibly find suggestions to improve OSes/ROMs for both platforms.

      2. How do you manage to keep everything in tact from switching over?

        1. I move everything to my dropbox or google drive, and backup my contacts to google or just ask the carrier to move my contacts for me

          1. Interesting. I’ll have to keep that in mind, I wasn’t aware Apple would allow me to import through Google

      3. You swing both ways. It’s cool man.

        1. Oohh myy!

          1. Set your phasers to “Oohh myy!”

        2. i see what you did

      4. At least you didn’t become an Apple evangelist.

    3. Apple got slapped with a 2 billion dollar fine in the EU for violating patents a few months ago, funny how it got little attention in the US

      1. They should have banned iPhone 5 and 5S sales in Europe. Teach Apple to stop being such a borderline dictator of a company.

      2. First I’ve heard about this, guessing it didn’t get allot of coverage from the BBC either.

  2. We live on a “glob”, cool.

    1. Based on this article I’d say the plane Earth is a bit of trouble.

  3. Apple is disillusioned into believing they are the Connor MacLeod of phones/tablets… “There can be only one!!!”

    1. I don’t even know who Connor MacLeod is.

      1. Highlander

    2. love the Highlander reference.

  4. They need someone that has some knowledge or experience on the jury and not just some random people thrown together. So that Apple can’t use their ignorance to mislead the jury

    1. Seriously. A jury of their peers would be tech minded people.

    2. Absolutely! I don’t understand why people who are regular consumers, or worse, merely aquatinted with the idea of smartphones (and most likely identify smartphones with iphones), get to sit on these juries. It’s like someone who only eats tofu getting to judge a steak contest. (Yes, that was the best I could come up with.. Deal with it.)

      1. That analogy is perfect. You can’t reach a proper verdict if you don’t know the essential background and details relating to the case and situation.

    3. Every court case on the planet that has had a jury from the general public was probably screwed up one way or another. You’re talking about members of the general public (more specifically the American public).

  5. Haha, awesome pic. I played the demo of that game

    1. hahaha ok.

  6. When it comes to Apple vs. Samsung nothing surprises me anymore. Litigation not Innovation has been the standard set forth for many years among tech companies. At some point Apple will reach a crossroad as they can’t continue to apply for every possible tech/mobile patent in order to utilize as Intellectual Property for litigation against others.

  7. Who is the presiding judge over the case?

    1. Good question, if its koh again the case needs to be dismissed

      1. If it’s Koh again that April Fool’s Facebook post about America’s independence being revoked by the Queen (based on some solid reasons) may be more than just a joke.

      2. Agreed. She’s clearly biased against non-American companies.

  8. this again….

    1. Get the CEO’s of Apple and Samsung into a paintball game against each other along with their boards of directors. They’ll take out all their frustrations and they can make statements shortly after telling consumers to investigate both companies OS’s and devices to get a feel for what they really like (and not to believe everything they hear and read on news channels that don’t know anything about mobile devices).

    2. ASDF Movie!? You get ALL the internet trophies!!

  9. Hipsters waiting in line for the iPhone. One of the best lines ever written in a Phandroid article, haha.

  10. This has upset me quite a lot. If the infringement is based on the software, and the software is Android based, why does Google have to sit out? If you’re targeting Samsung, it has to be something based on TouchWiz and not the Android system.

    Wasn’t one of the patents based on slide to wake? The last I remember, Samsung phones can wake from anywhere on the screen, you didn’t have to slide a “picture” or “icon” of any kind? What exactly is Samsung copying again?

  11. Apple is like Russia. You cannot make any deals with atitude and company like that. They will not stop they have to be stoped! Before its too late.

  12. I got a feeling Apple will lose this one. They are suing Samsung about Android software, and are trying to say that Google is not at fault because they do not sell the Samsung phones.

    Apple should be pissed about the “The Next Big Thing” adds though, but only because they are all so true.

  13. Here we go again..I’m sick of these patent wars! F U Apple…I too hope this one turns around to bite you in the ass

  14. As long as software is covered under both copyright (which makes sense) and patent (a lot of arguments against) laws, these lawsuits won’t end. In any case, grab your popcorn.

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