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Jury Selection Begins in High Stakes Apple-Samsung Patent Battle

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Published on Jul 30, 2012

Jury selection is set to begin on Monday in the U.S. in a high stakes patent battle between Apple and Samsung.

Apple and Samsung are waging legal war around the world, accusing each other of patent violations as they vie for supremacy in a fast-growing market for mobile devices.

The fight began last year when Apple sued Samsung in a San Jose, California federal court, accusing the South Korean company of copying the iPhone and iPad. Samsung countersued.

Long lines outside the federal courthouse in San Jose marked the beginning of the trial as lawyers, media and observers flooded the building to watch the proceedings.

A 10-member jury will hear evidence over at least four weeks, and it must reach a unanimous decision for Apple or Samsung to prevail on any of their claims.

The stakes are high, with Samsung facing potential U.S. sales bans of its Galaxy smartphones and tablet computers, and Apple in a pivotal test of its worldwide patent litigation strategy.

It has been tough so far for Samsung in the case after a U.S. District halted U.S. sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, followed by a pretrial ban on the Galaxy Nexus phone.

Apple will try to use Samsung documents to show its rival knowingly violated the iPhone maker's intellectual property rights, while Samsung argues Apple is trying to stifle competition to maintain "exorbitant" profit, according to court filings.

The trial is expected to last at least four weeks.

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