Epic patent trial over iPhone technology wraps up

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The multibillion dollar patent dispute between the world’s biggest smartphone makers is wrapping up.

Lawyers are scheduled to deliver closing arguments Tuesday and a nine-person jury in federal court in San Jose, Calif., is expected to begin deliberations later that afternoon or Wednesday morning.

Apple is demanding Samsung pay it $2.5 billion and pull its most popular smartphones and computer tablets from the U.S. market after accusing the South Korean company of “ripping off” its iPhone and iPad technology. Samsung, in turn, is demanding Apple pay it $399 million for allegedly using Samsung’s technology without proper payments in making the iconic iPhones and iPads.

The trial is just the latest skirmish between the two over product designs. The two companies have been fighting in courts in Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany.

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