SAN JOSE, Calif. --"This will be a very interesting case," U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh told prospective jurors today, the first day of a trial between Apple and Samsung in a federal court here.
It's safe to say that's an understatement. While the trial, which is expected to run about a month, focuses mainly on patent infringement, it's at the center of a battle between two tech giants who hope to gain more of a foothold in the mobile device market and the electronics world at large.
The two sides are scheduled to begin their opening statements today following jury selection, though before that even began, there was plenty of posturing for last-minute additions and subtractions for evidence that could be used.
Samsung vied to have what it viewed as two key pieces of its evidence allowed in court. The first was testimony from an Apple designer discussing a design from Sony that would lend itself to a good handset. Samsung's lawyers argued that it was integral to its case since it showed that Apple got design cues from other companies -- something Apple was using against it in the case.