Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. The end is finally near – but perhaps the “quick” part is just finishing. Now the real work begins.
After about four hours of closing arguments and an out-loud reading of more than 100 pages of jury instructions, the epic patent-infringement trial of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) v. Samsung will come to an end late Tuesday, and the jury is expected to begin deliberating the facts of the case and the evidence Wednesday morning. But while the trial itself took the better part of three weeks, the jury deliberations could very well take longer when one considers that there are 12 patents that have infringement claims against them in this trial (five by Samsung, seven by Apple), plus about 84 different jury instructions on those 100-plus pages and a jury verdict document that is more than 20 pages and will have about 700 questions on it that will have to be answered decidedly by the jury.
Sounds like potentially as much work as the lawyers put into this case – for far less pay.
Anyway, reports from the courtroom Tuesday reveal that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) attorneys spent most of their closing arguments on documents and not on the million-dollar witnesses. It seems that the focus of Apple’s attack on Samsung revolves around a series of internal Samsung documents that seemed in indicate that Samsung was trying to make it tablet look as similar as possible to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices, and act in a similar way. Samsung was going to try its hand at closing arguments later Tuesday afternoon, with the work expected to be finished by 8 p.m. Eastern time.
after all that, it will then be time to hurry up and wait … for the jury. Which could be a nerve-racking time for many investors, especially those with positions in Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock – a loss in this case might be devastating to the company’s reputation, if not to the wallet (Samsung is only demanding less than $425 million in damages).