Jury selection begins in Apple-Samsung case

Samsung stands to lose as much a $2 billion if its loses case.
By MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press Published: April 1, 2014

The world’s two leading smartphone makers were back in federal court Monday, accusing each other of stealing ideas and features.

The trial in Silicon Valley, which got underway with jury selection, marks the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between Apple Inc. and Samsung.

If Apple prevails in the current case, the cost to Samsung could reach $2 billion. Apple’s costs, if it loses the litigation, were expected to be about $6 million.

Whatever the outcome, it could be the consumer who ends up paying the ultimate price. Experts say the litigation could lead to more expensive smartphones and devices and slow the overall pace of mobile innovation.

“The most direct effect of this patent fight on consumers would be if the judge blocked one of these popular phones from the market,” said Rutgers Law School professor Michael A. Carrier.

Carrier said patent litigation costs businesses time and money.

“What’s even more worrisome for the effect on innovation is the impact on small innovators,” Carrier said. “Apple and Samsung can afford this litigation. The next upstart cannot.”

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