Witness testifies that Steve Jobs warned Samsung over infringing Apple’s patents
San Jose, CA, United States (4E) – Apple and Samsung are locked in a tight, multi-billion infringement case in a San Jose federal court. Among the first witnesses called to the stand is Apple’s patent licensing and strategy director Boris Teksler and he testified that Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs confronted Samsung about the similarity between the iPhone and the Galaxy smartphone.
Teksler claims that two years ago Jobs made a presentation to Samsung about potential intellectual property infringement.
“We were quite shocked. They were a trusted partner of ours and we didn’t know how a trusted partner would build a product like that,” Teksler said.
The two companies have pending legal cases in other countries aside from the United States. This is the first trial held in the United States.
The patents that Apple is suing Samsung for include: the bounce on screen after an iPhone or iPad reaches the end of a scrolled page and the pinching function that re-sizes the screen.
Aside from the functions, Apple has accused Samsung of copying the design of the iPhone and iPad.
“Apple is using market survey research to try to show the jury that Samsung has copied its devices so closely that a consumer seeing products made by the South Korean company would actually believe them to be made by Apple. Samsung is trying to demonstrate that there is little actual confusion among consumers between its and Apple’s products,” Bloomberg reported.
Apple wants Samsung to pay an estimated $2.88 billion in damages and also seeks to permanently ban the selling of Samsung’s tablets in the United States.
In the five years since Apple has offered the iPhone, it has sold 86 million units in the United States alone.