| SAN JOSE, Calif., July 31
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 31 An Apple attorney told
jurors on Tuesday that Samsung's own internal documents show
that the South Korean company made a specific decision to copy
the iPhone because it could not compete in the smartphone market
on its own.
Opening statements began on Tuesday in the high profile U.S.
trial between Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
. The world's largest consumer electronics
corporations have been 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.
Apple attorney Harold McElhinny started off by showing
slides that featured old Samsung phones from 2006 and compared
it to the Korean company's newer smartphones from 2010.
The key question, McElhinny said, would be how Samsung moved
from the old phones to "these phones."
"As we all know it is easier to copy than to innovate," he
told the court. "Apple had already taken the risks."
Samsung's opening statement is expected to begin later on
The legal action began last year when Apple sued Samsung in
a San Jose, California, federal court, accusing the South Korean
company of slavishly copying the iPhone and iPad. Samsung
The Samsung products at issue run on the Android operating
system, which is developed by Google.
McElhinny showed jurors an internal Samsung product analysis
which said the iPhone's hardware was "easy to copy." Another
document prepared by a Samsung executive said the company was in
a "crisis of design" due to the iPhone.
Before opening statements began on Tuesday, U.S. District
Judge Lucy Koh dismissed one of the jurors, a woman who works as
an insurance agent. The woman said her employer would not pay
her salary during jury service.
The nine member jury is now made up of seven men and two
The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of
California, is Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al,