updated 11:40 am EST, Mon February 25, 2013
Marks a first in Australian legal history
The Australian Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit has switched to a two-judge system as of Monday, says the Australian Financial Review. The situation is said to represent the first time the Federal Court of Australia has had two judges handling an initial case, but necessary because of the sheer number of patents consolidated into the lawsuit. Apple alone is reportedly asserting 19 properties on 120 infringement claims, directed against nine Samsung phones and two tablets. Samsung is asserting seven wireless patents as counterclaims.
During today hearing, Apple counsel Stephen Burley attempted to show that the iPhone was copied by Samsung, using footage of the iPhone's announcement at Macworld 2007. Then-CEO Steve Jobs demonstrated some features that are now de facto in the smartphone industry, such as multi-touch. "And boy, have we patented it," he claimed.
The Australian lawsuit is scheduled to run through 2013. Apple and Samsung are still pursuing several other cases against each other worldwide however, and have yet to fully resolve a US case where a jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages.