If you decided to sit down and talk in great detail about what is currently going on in the San Jose courtroom in the Apple vs. Samsung patent case, then you could probably pick one of any number of adjectives to describe the happenings over the last couple of weeks. With only a small amount of legal time remaining on each side to present their case, legal teams from both companies have walked extremely close to the edge, and at one point during the litigation, both have managed to anger and infuriate judge Lucy Koh.
You can’t really get away from the fact that a case of this nature doesn’t really do the industry any good, when two of the biggest players are locked in a bitter battle, but from an outsider’s entirely neutral point of view, the course of the trial has unearthed some extremely interesting and insightful information which we wouldn’t have been privy to without this legal business. We’ve seen testimony from Scott Forstall and Phil Schiller, information provided by Samsung industrial designer Jin Soo Kim, as well as a university professor who was called by Samsung to argue against the validity of Apple’s snap-back patent and was reportedly being paid a staggering $1,000 an hour for his testimony.
Even after seeing all of this evidence provided by both sides over the course of their twenty-five legal hours each, even after seeing the progression of Samsung devices since the launch of the iPhone and iPad, and even after Samsung took the legal stance of attempting to prove Apple’s intellectual property invalid rather than argue against the fact that they copied it, what happens if you are still entirely confused by the happenings in California and can’t make your mind up about who is innocent or guilty? Well, it just so happens that the guys over at Joy ofTech have come up with a humorous cartoon strip for that.
Judge Lucy Koh may yet find herself using the simple flow chart diagram, with her jury to decide on the validity of each sides claims as she tries to determine whether or not Apple is indeed due the $2.5 billion they are claiming in damages and lost sales. The Verdict-O-Matic has been created to give a slightly lighter look at the differences between Apple and Samsung in this trial, follow it through and see what result you come up with.
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