12 Things You Need to Know About the Apple vs. Samsung Patent Trial

Where's This Taking Place?

The U.S. District Court in San Jose, a non-descript, concrete government building in the heart of the city, about 50 miles south of San Francisco. An overflow courtroom with a closed-circuit TV feed is being provided in anticipation of high demand for seats.

How Can I Watch the Case?

The TV feed isn't going to be available online and no cameras are allowed in the courtroom, but if you're local you can visit the courthouse yourself. The case is open to the public.

How Long Is This Going to Take?


jurors were selected from a pool of 75 people Monday. Judge Koh is giving each side 25 hours to argue their case and has scheduled the case on 18 days running through August and into early September. It's not clear if all the time will be needed.

How Much Is This Costing?

Good question. Each side has an army of attorneys. Previous filings have shown that partners at Morrison Foerster, which is representing Apple, are charging an average rate of $582 per hour and those at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, for Samsung, are charging $821 per hour. The entire case is sure to cost millions of dollars in legal fees, and it will also cost the taxpayer for the court's time.

Wouldn't it Be Easier if They Just Settled This Out of Court?

Yes. But that didn't happen.

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn's e-mail address ismartyn_williams@idg.com

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