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Apple, Samsung set to take patent battle to crucial California trial

  • Apple and Samsung Electronics are set to face each other in court on Monday in one of the biggest-ever technology patent trials.

    The tech giants will battle it out in a federal courtroom in San Jose, California with Samsung risking a potential U.S. sales ban of its Galaxy smartphones and tablet computers and Apple facing a critical test of its global patent litigation strategy.

    Both sides are seeking financial damages from the other.

    The case has the potential to significantly impact the fast-evolving market the firms dominate, according to industry analysts.

    Samsung has rapidly overtaken the iPhone and iPad creator to become the world’s biggest smartphone maker.

    Together, Apple and Samsung make up more than half of global smartphone sales.

    Apple sued Samsung last year claiming it copied the design of its iPhone and iPad. The South Korean company retaliated by countersuing.

    Since then, the two firms have locked horns in courtrooms in nearly a dozen countries.