Updated: Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012, 10:41 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 22 Aug 2012, 10:41 AM EDT
(NBCNC) - A couple of high tech heavyweights have been duking it out in court the past three weeks, and the chance to decide which company is in the right is about to be placed in the hands of a
jury in San Jose, California.
For Apple and Samsung, the world's two dominant smart phone makers and tablet rivals, t's a matter
of distinguishing imitation from innovation.
Apple contends Samsung swiped iPhone and iPad technology and is demanding the South Korean
company yank its competing products from the market and pay $2.5 billion in damages.
Samsung claims it's Apple that copied its technology, and others, in developing their market leading products.
Samsung is seeking $399 million in damages.
Weeks of testimony and thousands of pages of paperwork have made for a complicated case for the nine person jury.
Discussions between the respective CEOs have not produced an out of court settlement, and even a loss in the courtroom is not expected to be insurmountable for either company.
Together, they sell more than half the world's smart phones.
"When it all shakes down, you'll still see a landscape of compelling products either way," says CNET.com's Scott Stein.
That could make a legal victory secondary to one with consumers.
Even after a verdict is rendered in the case, Apple and Samsung have other similar ones pending in courtrooms in Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany.