There has been so much time where Apple and Samsung lawyers have found themselves facing each other that is almost an old hat at the moment, but both teams presented their closing arguments in the latest row last Friday with Apple arguing that Samsung's offense in the past then two utilities and three design patents worth more than a billion dollars.
Samsung claims that it has to give away much less - only $ 28 million.
The essence of this case is Apple wants the damage calculated based on the full value of the phones sold that are considered to infringe its patents. Samsung believes that the cost should be more closely related to the parts of the device being violated. This is what Apple's advisor, Bill Lee, asked during a cross examination of accountant Michael J. Wagner.
Lee asked whether Samsung's own balance sheet is based on the advantages for each part of the smartphone, such as displays and housing. Wagner, saying that this did not happen, played into Apple's hands.
With the final argument now out of the way, Judge Lucy Koh has instructed the jury to make a decision based on four specific rules.
1. The scope of design claimed in the Apple patent, including drawings and writings
2. The relative superiority of design in the product as a whole;
3. Is the design conceptually different from the product as a whole; and
4. The physical relationship between the patented design and the remainder of the product, including whether the design relates to components that the user or seller can physically separate from the product as a whole, and whether the design is manifested in components produced separately from the rest of the product, or if components can be sold separately.
Apple VP Marketing Greg Joswiak previously said that Apple "staked the company" on iPhone success, alluding to its importance for the company both during its early years and as the company's biggest product at the moment. Apple obviously wants Samsung to pay, and it pays great to tear up its work at a time when so many are riding on the iPhone and its successors.
The jury can not reach the verdict on Friday and will reunite on Monday.