US District Judge Lucy Koh doesn’t think that the jurors in the Apple versus Samsung case will need any help understanding the drawings filed as part of the companies patent applications. She said the drawings can “speak for themselves” and the jurors will be able to use “the eye of an ordinary observer” to decide if Samsung copied the design of Apple's devices.
Koh believes this will allow the jury to give “such attention as a purchaser usually gives,” to the product design.
Apple hopes the patent drawings will illustrate that Apple owns features like the shape of the iPad and the black-coloured surface of the iPhone.
Samsung had hoped that the jury would be provided with detailed legal instructions about how to decipher the patents.
Even if the jury concludes that Samsung is guilty of copying Apple, it is still possible that they may also find Apple guilty of copying Sony designs for a prototype smartphone, as argued by Samsung, notes Gigaom.
Jurors will also be asked whether Apple infringed Samsung’s patents. Apple argues that the Samsung patents in question are Standards Essential Patents (SEP), subject to licence on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory ‘FRAND’ terms.
Many other documents are being made public due to the Samsung versus Apple trial that kicks off in California today. Jury selection is scheduled to begin at the federal courthouse in San Jose on Monday morning. The two sides must find 10 jurors out of an initial pool of about 70 people. The case is 11-08146, Apple vs. Samsung Electronics, in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.