Jurors have begun deliberations in a big-money smartphone patent trial pitting Apple against Samsung, and by extension Google, in the heart of Silicon Valley.
In a new trial following up on a landmark 2012 case in the same courtroom, Apple lawyers argued that Samsung flagrantly infringed on iPhone patents in a desperate bid to compete with the culture-changing smartphone.
“Apple cannot simply walk away from its inventions,” lawyer Harold McElhinny told jurors in his argument for the US tech giant.
“Here we are 37 million acts of infringement later and we are counting on you for justice.”
McElhinny maintained that Samsung sold more than 37 million infringing smartphones and tablets in the United States.
Apple’s legal team wants jurors to order the South Korean electronics giant to pay more than $US2 billion ($A2.16 billion) in damages for flagrantly copying iPhone features.
Meanwhile, Samsung lawyers maintained that the legal onslaught is the result of a “holy war” Apple declared on Google-made Android software used to power smartphones.
“We are not pointing the finger at Google,” Samsung lawyer Bill Price said during closing arguments in the courtroom of US District Court Judge Lucy Koh.
“We are saying they independently developed these features and they don’t infringe. Samsung didn’t copy.”
But McElhinny says Samsung copied iPhone technology to win smartphone sales that would have gone to Apple.
Samsung lawyers countered that patented technology at issue in trial has not been used in iPhones and that smartphone buyers weigh a host of features and factors while choosing devices.
“We don’t think we owe Apple a nickel,” Samsung lawyer John Quinn told jurors.
“What Apple needs to understand is that the answer to the innovator’s dilemma is not here in the courtroom suing people.”
Quinn called the lawsuit a “long shot” aimed at the leading Android smartphone maker to avoid a direct courtroom battle with Silicon Valley neighbour Google.
Jurors began deliberating after lawyers completed closing statements in the trial that began at the start of April.
Google engineers were among witnesses called to testify as Samsung lawyers portrayed the case as an attack on Android, which has become a formidable rival for the software powering Apple smartphones and tablets.
Samsung is the world’s leading maker of smartphones and tablets built using Google’s free Android mobile operating system.
Android smartphones dominate the global market, particularly in devices offered for lower prices than iPhones.