SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA—What may be the biggest tech lawsuit of all time is now in the hands of a nine-person jury. Apple and Samsung lawyers gave their final arguments today in a San Jose courthouse that was, once more, packed to the brim with reporters and observers.
The accusations that brought us all here? Apple’s lawyer described a three-month orgy of copying kicked off by a “crisis of design” at its Korean competitor. Samsung’s attorney countered that argument in grand terms, telling jurors that the future of free competition rests in their hands, and they should stop Apple from “seeking a competitive edge through the courtroom.”
In tech litigation, this is a clash of the titans—the two largest smartphone companies battling for dominance of the U.S. market. Apple is asking for up to $2.75 billion, and injunctions that could kick Samsung’s phones off the market, while Samsung is asking for $422 million for infringement of its own patents.