Apple jurors grappled with complex patent issues

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The youngest juror, a 24-year-old whose favorite court attire was T-shirts bearing the names of rock bands, chose a Beatles sweat-shirt for Friday's dramatic unveiling of the $1.05 billion verdict in favor of computer titan Apple Inc.

One of the oldest was a retired electrical engineer who, as foreman, signed the unanimous verdict that Samsung Electronics Co. copied Apple's patented technology for the iPhone and iPad. Among the other seven jurors were a homemaker, a bicycle shop manager and a U.S. Navy veteran.

The decision Friday by this panel of people from many walks of Silicon Valley life was one that experts say could dramatically alter the future of computer tablet and phone design. But the case also is part of a trend that has accompanied an explosion in the number of patent infringement cases.


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