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Apple, Samsung Face Off Over iPhone, iPad Patents

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Apple Unveils Updated iPad

Members of the media previewed the new iPad during an Apple product launch event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 7, 2012 in San Francisco. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Two tech titans are squaring off in federal court Monday in a closely-watched trial over control of the U.S. smart phone and computer tablet markets.

Apple Inc. filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. last year alleging the world’s largest technology company’s smart phones and computer tablets are illegal knockoffs of its popular iPhone and iPad products. The Cupertino-based company is demanding $2.5 billion in damages, which if awarded would dwarf the largest patent-related verdict to date.

Samsung counters that Apple is doing the stealing and some of the technology at issue — such as the rounded rectangular designs of smart phones and tablets — have been industry standards for years.

The U.S. trial is only the latest skirmish between the two over product designs.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed)

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