SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apple showed internal Samsung documents from 2010 recommending the Korean giant copy a patented iPhone feature, in court testimony here today. Separately, Samsung showed Apple internal emails including one from Steve Jobs suggesting it was under intense pressure in 2013 to respond to features in Samsung and other Android phones.
Phil Schiller, Apple's head of marketing, was on the stand for part of the day, the second full day of testimony here. It is the second major patent infringement case Apple has brought in front of a Silicon Valley jury here.
Multiple models of six Samsung phones infringe the so-called slide-to-unlock patent (the so-called '172 patent), said a computer science expert testifying for Apple. He showed multiple pages from multiple 2010 internal Samsung reports to support his conclusion.
On several pages, the reports compared pictures of prototype Samsung phones side-by-side with the iPhone. They recommended detailed changes in the Samsung phones so that they unlocked in ways more like the iPhone.
For example, one page from a Samsung software usability report from March 2010 compared the unlock feature on the iPhone to the same feature on a Samsung prototype phone code named Amethyst. It criticized the Amethyst phone and recommended Samsung designers, "make animation smooth and continuous like the iPhone."
One of several pages from a Samsung internal report dated March 2010 comparing how well its prototype phone matched the patented slide-to-unlock feature of the iPhone.
In its first case 18 months ago, Apple showed similar side-by-side reports, typically calling the Samsung phones to more closely follow the iPhone's approach.
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