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Opening statements expected today

Apple and Samsung are getting ever closer to their day in court. The jury that will ultimately decide the fate of the Apple versus Samsung patent trial has been chosen. Reuters reports that the jury panel includes an insurance agent, an out of work gamer, and a project manager for AT&T.
 
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh spent several hours yesterday examining the background and any potential biases the jurors on the case might have. Opening statements in the case from legal teams are expected to begin today. The jury selection comes after more than a year of pretrial wrangling by both Apple and Samsung accusing the other of violating patents related to smartphones, tablets, and other mobile products.
 
Apple famously said that Samsung "slavishly copied" the iPad and the iPhone with its Galaxy family of devices which lead Samsung to countersue. The jury panel is made up of seven men and three women and from the brief descriptions of the jurors, it sounds like several have enough of a tech background to understand what's at stake for both companies.
 
The judge presiding over the case questioned roughly 36 potential jury members from the juror pool various issues, including what type of phone they used, how the economy impacted their lives, and their experience with the legal system. Jurors were also asked questions about any potential connections to Samsung, Apple, Google, or Motorola mobility. Interestingly the jury pool did include one Google employee and an Apple employee; neither was chosen for the jury.
 
Reuters reports that another juror was excused for stating that the case reminded him of Apple's legal war against Microsoft over Windows in the 90s and stated that he didn't understand how a similar case could be in court again.
 
The juror opined, "In my mind this is practically the exact same thing, but now just dealing with slightly different technology."

Source: Reuters



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RE: I'm on the jury...
By momorere on 7/31/2012 11:07:22 AM , Rating: 2
He just says things like that to get people fired up. It works of course. He does it because that is what trolls do best.


RE: I'm on the jury...
By Tony Swash on 7/31/12, Rating: -1
RE: I'm on the jury...
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/31/2012 2:38:42 PM , Rating: 2
Except your "humor" isn't humorous... it's downright lame.


RE: I'm on the jury...
By karlostomy on 8/1/2012 8:31:48 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
I did it because I thought it was a humorous quip :)


Tony, here's a thought.
If you make a joke, but then you have to explain the joke, it was either never funny to begin with, or you rendered the joke humourless by explaining the joke.

Do try to keep up.
Life is too short to have to correct you all the time.
:)


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