Imagine a system that unlocks the doors and turns on the lights when your adolescent son arrives home and doesn't allow him to watch anything on the TV until after he watches an educational video and notifies you at your office when he's completed it.
Attempting to undermine Apple's argument that Samsung should pay $2.2 billion for infringing the iPhone maker's patents, Samsung's chief defense attorney tried to portray one of Apple's chief witnesses in the companies' ongoing trial as an expensive hired gun whose damage estimate was biased and unreliable.
The hearing is the latest round of the global legal feud between Apple and Samsung over allegations that Samsung's smartphones and tablets copied patented features in the iPhone and iPad. Mercury News reporter Troy Wolverton will follow all the action from court.
According to email and other internal Apple documents cited by Samsung in the federal court case in San Jose, Apple executives faulted the company's own marketing and advertising efforts for losing market share to smartphones with Google's Android operating system.