Jobs felt betrayed by Samsung over GalaxySteve Jobs, Apple’s late co-founder, confronted Samsung Electronics executives in 2010 after the Korean company introduced its Galaxy smartphone, Apple’s patent licensing director testified Friday.
Boris Teksler, director of patent licensing and strategy, was called as a witness Friday in Apple’s multibillion-dollar intellectual property trial against Samsung in federal court in San Jose, California. He said Apple made a presentation to Samsung executives in August 2010 intended to warn the company against copying the iPhone.
“We were quite shocked,” he said. “They were a trusted partner of ours and we didn’t know how a trusted partner would build a product like that.”
During cross-examination, Teksler confirmed that he wasn’t at the August 2010 meeting. He also acknowledged that at least five of the seven Apple patents at issue in the trial didn’t appear on a list Apple identified to Samsung in the 2010 presentation.
The 2010 presentation “doesn’t say anywhere that Apple would not license its utility patents to Samsung,” said Samsung’s lawyer, Victoria Maroulis.
Teksler agreed. His testimony is scheduled to continue today
Earlier Friday, a witness for Apple testified that 21 Samsung smartphones copy patented the technology for “rubberbanding,” the way an iPad or iPhone screen seems to bounce when a user scrolls to the end of a file.
Ravin Balakrishnan, a University of Toronto professor hired as an expert witness, told the jury that Apple’s innovation was designed to tell users “you’ve reached the edge, the system is still alive, and it’s not frozen.”
Other Apple patents covering technology that let users pinch and expand images on a screen and allow for “repositioning and rightsizing” are infringed by more than 20 Samsung products, Karan Singh, Balakrishnan’s colleague at the university, testified.
The rightsizing technology lets users resize, enlarge and reposition articles in an online newspaper, for example, to “make that piece of information available,” he said.
Samsung’s lawyers attempted during cross-examination to cast doubt about what, exactly, Apple’s patents cover, and show that Samsung’s products don’t infringe them.
Attorney Kevin Johnson showed Balakrishnan a video of an online newspaper being scrolled on a computer tablet and the content stopping, without bouncing, at the end of the image. Balakrishnan testified that the image must not always bounce back for the device to infringe the patent at issue. Bloomberg
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