SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A federal court has delayed by a day closing arguments in the Apple and Samsung trial because of an appeals court ruling in another case on a related patent issue.
Dueling expert witnesses will be called back to the stand Monday in a San Jose federal courtroom to discuss whether the ruling in a legal dispute between Apple and Motorola has any effect on the Apple and Samsung trial.
Lawyers will now deliver closing arguments Tuesday in what has been a month-long trial.
The Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. on Friday upheld a federal judge’s legal definition of Apple’s so-called “quick links” patent at issue in the dispute between Apple and Motorola.
Apple accuses Samsung of infringing the patent, which allows users to send phone numbers directly to a device’s dialer.
Lawyers for Samsung have invoked the name of Google, arguing that Apple’s real beef should be with the company that develops the Android operating system for mobile electronic devices.
CNET Senior writer Shara Tibken said a lot of the patents and features discussed in the trial are Android features. “They’re not things that Samsung has,” she said in an interview.
“It’s almost more Apple versus Google,” she said.
For now Apple is demanding that Samsung, a Korean company, pay them $2 billion, while Samsung is asking that Apple pay a few-hundred million.
“I don’t think it was ever really about the money. I think it’s this battle to dominate the mobile industry,” Tibken said.
Apple dropped a bombshell last week when they revealed that Google had agreed to cover legal costs if Samsung loses the case.
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