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Samsung throws a tantrum in court over signage

Demands a change to courthouse sign
Tue Jul 31 2012, 16:32
Samsung v Apple court sign

KOREAN ELECTRONICS GIANT Samsung has reportedly thrown a tantrum in court after the case was designated as "Apple v. Samsung" on a sign.

Twitter user @inafried broke the news of Samsung's outburst, revealing that a sign outside of the courtroom had to be changed to keep the phone maker happy. Yesterday, the sign had said simply "Apple v. Samsung" but the firm reportedly demanded that the words "Samsung v. Apple" also be added.

Samsung v Apple court sign

Samsung and Apple entered the courtroom yesterday in one of the most contentious intellectual property battles of its kind.

Apple is claiming that Samsung "slavishly copied" the design of its Iphone and Ipad, and is seeking £1.6bn in damages from the firm. Samsung, on the other hand, is claiming that Apple is trying to stop competition in the market as well as using its technologies without licenses.

Samsung told us earlier today that it's feeling quietly confident in its case against Apple.

A spokesperson said, "We trust that the jurors in this trial will agree that no company should have a monopoly over rectangular phones with rounded corners and large display screens; that consumers are not deceived when they purchase Samsung products into believing that they are made by Apple, which is the standard for infringement; and that when Apple does use the hundreds of industry standard patents owned by Samsung, it should pay the same reasonable fees that every other manufacturer does."

The trial between the two technology giants is expected to last up to four weeks. µ

 

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