Jury Selected for Apple/Samsung Court Case
July 31, 2012 10:11 AM
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.
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
accusing the other of violating patents
related to smartphones, tablets, and other mobile products.
Apple famously said that
"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.
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."
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