The second round of patent litigation between Apple and Samsung is nearing its end. As of next Monday, both Apple and Samsung are entitled to present their final arguments and let the jury decide where the billions of dollars will go: from Apple to Samsung, or vice versa (via The Verge).
The month-long trial’s evidence part ends today with two witnesses cited in court: University of Canterburry professor Andrew Cockburn for Apple and MIT professor Martin Rinard for Samsung, both experts in computer science.
Apple’s witness was there to emphasize Samsung’s patent infringement and fend off its efforts to invalidate Apple’s patent, while the witness brought in by Samsung was talking about WAIS, server technology that the latter claims it already had before the iPhone maker patented it.
Both Apple and Samsung have 25 hours to make their case and defend their position, and this is vital for both parties: Apple spent the majority of that time accusing 10 Samsung products, 9 of them smartphones, of infringing five patents. Samsung accused all iDevice products Apple released between 2010 and late 2012, asking for $6.9 million in damages. Apple, on the other hand, is asking for $2.191 billion.
The biggest potential damages seem to be dependent upon an Apple patent in question: the ‘647 “quick links” patent, for highlighting phone numbers, addresses, and other data. It will be up to the jury to decide whether it will remain in play or not
So starting next Monday, both sides will make their closing arguments and then let the jury decide the damages figures.