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Google Is Central To Latest Apple-Samsung Case

Publication Date: 
March 30, 2014
Source: 
The Wall Street Journal
Author: 
Daisuke Wakabayashi

Professor Mark Lemley weighs in on how the latest case in the Apple/Samsung patent wars will be harder to prove this go-round with the Wall Street Journal's Daisuke Wakabayashi. 

Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. are squaring off in a new round of their long-running patent feud. This time, however, the docket might as well read Apple Inc. v. Google Inc.

The trial, which starts Monday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., shows how the battle lines are drawn across the mobile-phone landscape. Apple and Samsung are the biggest makers of smartphones and reap most of the industry's profits.

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"Apple had an easier story to tell in the first trial, because it could hold up the phones and say, 'Look how similar that they are,'" said Mark Lemley, an intellectual-property attorney and law professor at Stanford University. Mr. Lemley is representing Google in an unrelated case.