SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) – Lawyers for the world’s top-two smartphone makers were set to return to court in San Jose Thursday to resume their epic, $1 billion patent fight.

Samsung Electronics Corp. is seeking to overturn a $1.05 billion jury verdict that the Korean tech titan ripped off Apple Inc.’s designs for its iPhone and iPad.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

Apple Inc. in turn is looking to add $500 million more to the award while barring sales of some two-dozen, older Samsung products from sale in the United States.

An injunction against Samsung is very possible, said Michael Rish, an associate law professor at Villanova University who specializes in cyber law, patent law and intellectual property.

“The patent that’s being infringed is a design patent,” he said. “It’s the whole thing. It’s not just a little piece of it.”

The companies’ lawyers will square off Thursday afternoon in San Jose federal court with a host of legal arguments. The case is ultimately expected to land before the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the Washington, D.C.-based court that decides patent disputes.

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