SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — It was Apple versus Samsung but Google loomed large Tuesday during closing arguments at the monthlong federal trial involving claims of patent infringement exchanged by the world's two largest smartphone makers.
A lawyer for Apple accused Samsung of "slavishly" copying key features of its iPhone and iPad products and demanded $2.2 billion in damages.
An attorney for Samsung denied the allegations and argued that its Google-developed software differs from Apple's operating system.
In his closing argument, lawyer William Price referred to an email from Apple founder Steve Jobs indicating that he had ordered employees to wage a "holy war" against Google and its Android system, believing it was a rip-off of Apple's operating system.
Price said that was the sole reason Apple filed the lawsuit against Samsung.
"We don't think we owe Apple a nickel," added John Quinn, one of four Samsung lawyers involved in the company's closing argument.
Quinn also said Apple wants to monopolize the industry.
"They want to attack Google and Android by attacking the most successful Android maker," he said.
Apple lawyer Harold McElhinny told jurors that Samsung's "illegal strategy has been wildly successful" and insisted that Google had nothing to do with the case.
"Despite all the times Samsung mentioned it, you will not find a single question about Google in your jury form," McElhinny said. "Google is not a defendant in this case."
Google spokesman Matt Kallman declined comment on the proceedings.
The four men and four women on the jury began deliberating Tuesday but did not reach a verdict. They will resume Wednesday.
The case marks the latest legal fight between Samsung and Apple as each tries to dominate the $330 billion annual market for smartphones.
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