The Apple vs. Samsung trial which has taken place in California over the past few weeks is finally coming to an end with both companies making their closing statements to jurors yesterday. We shared Apple’s closing arguments previously and now we’re going to discuss Samsung’s closing arguments. After Apple finished its closing arguments in the trial, it was Samsung’s turn to close its case. The South Korean electronics manufacturer took the stance that Apple was trying to mislead the jury and that Apple couldn’t prove that Samsung had copied its products and that customers didn’t really get confused over Apple and Samsung products either.
Samsung’s Charles Verhoeven started off by trying to explain that Apple is trying to go for a bigger target than the $2 billion it thinks it deserves. In fact, he shared his belief that Apple is trying to win the case to leverage itself in the smartphone and tablet market by blocking Samsung from it. Verhoeven continued to discredit key Apple witnesses including Susan Kare and Apple expert Russel Winer, saying both witnesses admitted that they could not provide any evidence when asked for it. At this point, Samsung tried to pinpoint differences in all of its devices, even showing the startup screen of its Galaxy Tab, explaining “you see Samsung Galaxy Tab for a long time. Then it has Verizon.” The company was obviously trying to show that customers can make the differences between the devices.
Moving on, Verhoeven addressed the emails and documents that showed Samsung executives discussing the iPhone by saying “that doesn’t show copying. It’s a company trying to figure out what’s going on.” This is when Verhoeven tried to explain that Apple is trying to mislead the jury. Samsung’s big takeaway quote here was when Verhoeven made a comment trying to portray the good of Samsung:
“There is no bad intent. There is no copying. … Samsung is a good corporate citizen. All it wants to do is make products that consumers want. … All this copying evidence is hand-waving by Apple. Why? Because they don’t have anything else.”
With both sides having finished their closing arguments, we’ll have to wait and see what happens next.
Source: AllThingsD, The Verge