The Apple-Samsung trial in San Jose, California has turned into a crazy circus with both sides pulling out all the stops to prove the other party guilty. From leaking evidence to the press to lying in court, the trial has left Judge Lucy Koh rather exasperated and feeling like a school-teacher.
Samsung has now begun to present its own case in the trial and it seems that the South-Korean giant is going on the offensive, challenging two of Apple’s key patents: the “rubber-banding,” and “pinch-to-zoom” patents.
According to CNet
Samsung brought out a pair of “fact witnesses” — i.e. not experts — involved in technology that predates some of the patented features found in Apple’s devices. That includes something seemingly simple like photos and lists bouncing back into place, as well as the “pinch-to-zoom” gesture — both things Apple says Samsung is infringing with its devices.
Basically Samsung is arguing that both these features are not unique to Apple and were in use much before the iPhone or the iPad were launched.
Apple’s claims that Samsung has violated three of its patents: actionable linking, slide-to-unlock, and touchscreen word suggestion along with the look and the feel of the iPhone and the iPad. The Cupertino based tech-giant wants Samsung to pay $2.5 billion in damages.
Meanwhile Samsung did get some relief during the trial. According to The Verge, Judge Lucy Koh ruled that the Galaxy S GT-i9000, the S II GT-i9100, and Galaxy Ace are no longer part of the trial.