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Samsung Says $2 Billion Apple Suit Is Attack On Android

Publication Date: 
April 01, 2014
Source: 
Business Week - Bloomberg
Author: 
Joel Rosenblatt

Professor Mark Lemley weighs in the revelation that a juror in the current Apple v. Samsung is a retired IBM worker and explains what the juror's background means for both sides in this Business Week article. 

Samsung Electronics (005930) Co. told jurors at the opening of a $2 billion trial that Apple Inc. (AAPL:US)’s patent case is really an attack on Google Inc. (GOOG:US)’s Android operating system and a ploy to stem smartphone competition that has overwhelmed iPhone sales.

Apple resorted to suing Samsung to try to win an infringement verdict and a court order blocking sales of phones that use Android, John Quinn, a lawyer for the Suwon, South Korea-based company told the federal jury today.

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“Someone with that kind of background is likely to be influential on a jury,” Mark Lemley, a professor at Stanford Law School who isn’t involved in the case, said in an e-mail. “The question is, in which direction.”

“IBM was known for aggressively patenting software, but software engineers themselves don’t tend to think highly of software patents,” Lemley said. “So both sides might see him as a potential ally.”