Apple, Samsung in court over iPhone, iPad

2012-07-29 18:28
Apple's iPad has gone on sale in South Korea to counter Samsung's Galaxy Tab. (AP)

Apple's iPad has gone on sale in South Korea to counter Samsung's Galaxy Tab. (AP)

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San Francisco - Two tech titans are squaring off in federal court Monday in a closely watched trial over control of the US smart phone and computer tablet markets.

Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics last year alleging the world's largest technology company's smart phones and computer tablets are illegal knockoffs of its popular iPhone and iPad products. The Cupertino, California-based company is demanding $2.5bn in damages, which if awarded would dwarf the largest patent-related verdict to date.

Samsung counters that Apple is doing the stealing and some of the technology at issue - such as the rounded rectangular designs of smart phones and tablets - have been industry standards for years.

The US trial is only the latest skirmish between the two over product designs.

- AP
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