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Business & Technology

April 30, 2014

Phone technology court battle nears close

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — An attorney for Apple invoked the memory of Steve Jobs and accused Samsung of unfairly and brazenly ripping off iPhone and iPad features invented by Jobs and other Apple executives, as closing arguments began Tuesday in the Silicon Valley court battle.

“These products were created by true geniuses,” lawyer Harold McElhinny told jurors.

Samsung’s lawyers were expected to deliver their arguments later in the day.

The case marks the latest legal fight between Samsung and Apple as each tries to dominate the $330 billion annual market for smartphones. A different jury in San Jose presiding over an earlier trial regarding older technology ordered Samsung to pay Apple $930 million. Samsung has appealed that ruling.

Samsung has captured about 31 percent of the smartphone market while Apple retains a 15 percent share.

Jobs, who died in 2011, is a Silicon Valley legend revered for launching Apple in his family’s garage in 1976.

The Cupertino headquarters of the tech giant is a 15-mile drive from the San Jose federal courthouse where the current patent case is playing out.

After the closing arguments, the case will be submitted to the jury of four men and four women to determine a verdict.

Each company has accused the other of stealing key features to develop some of the latest smartphones on the market, but Samsung’s newest device, the Galaxy S5 released earlier this month, is not at issue.

Apple Inc. is demanding $2.2 billion after arguing that nine of Samsung’s smartphones and one of its Galaxy tablets infringes five patents. Samsung Electronics Co. seeks a fraction of that figure — some $6 million — saying Apple infringed two of its patents in creating the iPhone.

Samsung also argues that if it is found to have infringed Apple’s patent, it would owe only $38.4 million.

Testimony wrapped up Monday with the recall of two expert witnesses to argue the effects of an appeals court ruling in an unrelated legal dispute between Apple and Motorola.

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