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Apple and Samsung start ‘Groundhog Day’ patent trial: a quick guide to what you need to know

on November 12, 2013

Gigaom

Apple(s aapl) and Samsung have been slugging it out in courtrooms around the world, but the “tech trial of the century” took place last year in San Jose, California, where Apple won a blowout $1.05 billion jury verdict.

On Tuesday, the case starts up all over again as Apple and Samsung return to the same court to argue damages before the same judge, who predicted it would be “Groundhog Day” – a reference to the film where Bill Murray wakes up every day to relive the exact same events. Here’s a short, plain English Q&A to what’s going on:

What was the original trial all about?

It all started with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs vowing to start “thermonuclear war” over what he perceived as Samsung’s decision to “slavishly copy” the iPhone and other Apple products.

Apple filed a lawsuit in San Jose in 2011, claiming…

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