Apple vs Samsung patent trial begins

Apple and Samsung have begun their latest round of their long-running global legal battles after an Australian judge began hearing testimony at the start of an anticipated three-month long trial.

The two conglomerates have been locked in an acrimonious battle across at least ten different countries involving patents for mobile phones and tablets since last year.

It has come to a head once more in Australia, as a suit has been filed in the country saying that the touch-screen technology used in Samsung's new Galaxy 10.1 tablet violates Apple documentation.

This comes after Apple was forced to place an apology on its website stating that Samsung hadn't copied any of its patents in the UK.

Patent lawyer and senior associate with Melbourne-based law firm Watermark Mark Summerfield said “there's no doubt there's a strategic and psychological effect” of the case.

He added: “Courts in other countries will watch what is happening here.”

Posted by Peter Robinson

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