Latest installment of Apple-Samsung patent dispute kicks off with jury selection

Latest installment of Apple-Samsung patent dispute kicks off with jury selection

On Monday, the latest proceedings in the Apple vs.  Samsung patent-infringement lawsuit kicked off with the selection of the jury.  With the two tech giants having been accusing each other of patent infringement, the jury will decide which company has violated the other's patents and how much money is due in damages.

From a pool of nearly 140 potential candidates, a total of 10 jurors - six women and four men - have been selected.  Since the jury pool comprises people living and working in Silicon Valley, hardly any of the potential jurors had a tech background.

While a couple of jurors from the somewhat tech-savvy category included a retired IBM software executive and an employee from the renewable energy arena; the other jurors included a police officer, a retired teacher who likes salsa dancing, and an accounting assistant, among others.

Almost all jurors possess an Apple or a Samsung device, rather than devices manufactured by other companies like Nokia or BlackBerry.  Most jurors use an iPhone or an iPad, with only one potential juror asserting that she had a lot of experience with Android as she owned an HTC handset several years back.

The selection of jurors marks the latest installment of the Apple-Samsung patent lawsuit, in which Apple has accused Samsung of infringing five patents and is seeking $2 billion in damages; while Samsung is asking for nearly $7 million in damages from Apple for allegedly infringing two of its patents.

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