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    In the ongoing Apple vs. Samsung patent trial, Samsung continued its defense against the Cupertino California company by calling on several computer science experts who testified that Apple’s patents weren’t novel, should not have been granted, or didn’t apply to the alleged infringing products. Samsung’s day in court was filled with a highly technical testimony as counsel used the time to bolster a defense that Apple’s five patents-in-suit are not notably different from prior art, irrelevant and not worth the $2.19 billion in damages the company is seeking.

    Based on the in-court reports from the San Jose Mercury News, Samsung called on MIT computer science professor Martin Rinard and founder of the Internet Archive Brewset Kahle to argue against Apple software such as “slide-to-unlock” and universal search. The publication noted Rinard was compensated $800,000 for time spend analyzing the subject – an amount which isn’t out of the ordinary for an expert witness in a high-profile tech case. A separate report from CNET said Rinard offered testimony on Apple’s ‘959 patent for universal search functions. Rinard had the following to say regarding the matter:

    What I'm saying is the patent office didn't have the information in front of it to make the right decision [when it granted Apple the patent].
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, computer science professor Kevin Jeffay took on Apple’s ‘647 property covering “data detectors.” As described in the court, the patent uses a server-based system to identify data points in digital documents. For example, phone numbers and dates are detected and parsed out in a “clickable” interface that sends the user to another app for further processing. Jeffay said Samsung’s implementation fo a similar feature accomplishes more or less the same thing but since the process runs completely in-app he found on infringement of Apple’s patent.

    Much like previous witnesses, the professor mentioned Google and its Android Jelly bean operating system, which runs on a number of Samsung products accused of infringement. Samsung’s counsel has taken to using Google and its OS as a shield, deflecting Apple’s advances by saying accused features are a part of Android.

    Arguing against Apple’s slide-to-unlock patent was Saul Greenberg, a professor of human computer interaction at the University of Calgary in Canada. According to CNET, Greenberg said swiping gestures are common in many device user interfaces. It’s unclear if he detailed the origin or history of the gesture, which some believe to have been popularized by Apple’s iPhone.

    The South Korean tech giant’s final witness for the day was Daniel Wigdor, a computer science professor from the University of Toronto. Wigdor offered testimony on Apple’s ‘172 patent covering predictive text entry by saying a number of other tech firms developed “autocorrect’ features before the patent was filed.

    Presiding Judge Lucy Koh noted jury deliberations may start earlier than planned as both parties are ahead of schedule. Out of the 25 hours granted to each side, Apple has used 15 hours and 38 minutes while Samsung has used 17 hours and 39 minutes. If proceedings continue at this pace, the court is looking to counsel to wrap testimony on April 25 and offer closing arguments on April 28. The Apple vs. Samsung trial is set to pick up this upcoming Friday with Apple finishing its cross examination of Wigdor.

    Source: CNET, San Jose Mercury News

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    2014-04-16 04:28 PM
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