Apple v. Samsung Trial Begins With Jury Selection

Jul 30, 2012 6:30pm
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The long-anticipated Apple v. Samsung trial kicked off this morning with jury selection in San Jose, California.

With U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh presiding, prospective jurors were asked if they had any ties to Apple, Samsung, or Google. Judge Koh asked jurors about the types of phones they used and about their activity on Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace, AllThingsD reported. Lawyers from Samsung and Apple were permitted to ask jurors questions for 20 minutes. As of 3:00 p.m. PT today the jury selection process was still in progress.  Ten jurors must be seated before the trial proceeds.

Opening arguments are expected Tuesday.  The trial is expected last through the end of August.

Apple sued Samsung for intellectual property infringement — copying its iPad and iPhone — last year. Samsung responded with a countersuit. Apple is seeking over $2 billion in damages. If Samsung is found guilty of patent infringement some of its products could be banned in the U.S.

Judge Koh has already granted a preliminary injunction on the sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 as well as on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. Last week, the court docket revealed early designs of Apple’s iPhone.

ABC News will continue to follow the highlights of the trial.

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