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Apple, Samsung trade barbs as new patent trial opens

Published on Apr 2, 2014 5:02 AM

SAN JOSE (AFP) - Lawyers for Apple and Samsung exchanged barbs as a major new patent trial opened Tuesday, and debated the role of a company not even part of the case - Google.

Apple's legal team vowed to prove that Samsung flagrantly copied iPhone features and should pay more than US$2 billion (S$2.5 billion) in damages, as the two smartphone giants squared off anew in a California courtroom.

Apple attorney Harold McElhinny opened his presentation with a video showing legendary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs introducing the first iPhone in 2007.

By putting computing power in smartphones powered by fun software and easy to use touch-screens, Apple transformed the market, sending Samsung onto its heels, according to McElhinny.

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