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Originally published April 30, 2014 at 7:44 AM | Page modified April 30, 2014 at 5:19 PM

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Jurors end day without verdict in patent case

California jurors failed Wednesday to decide a patent-infringement case involving the world's two biggest smartphone makers after their first full day of deliberations.


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SAN JOSE, Calif. —

California jurors failed Wednesday to decide a patent-infringement case involving the world's two biggest smartphone makers after their first full day of deliberations.

The four men and four women will resume deliberations on Thursday at the federal courthouse in San Jose. They started deliberations late Tuesday.

At one point during deliberations Wednesday, they sent a note to the judge asking several questions about evidence.

They asked what Apple founder Steve Jobs said when the company decided to file a lawsuit accusing rival Samsung of patent infringement.

Jurors also wanted to know if Jobs mentioned Google when considering the Samsung lawsuit, which was filed in 2012 several months after the Apple founder succumbed to cancer. Samsung phones use Google's Android software, but the search giant isn't a party to the lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh told jurors no additional evidence is available to them beyond what was presented at the monthlong trial.

Koh answered similarly to questions about Samsung's chief executive officer's reaction when informed that Apple executives had complained to executives at the South Korean company about alleged patent infringement.

Apple Inc. has accused Samsung Electronics Co. of copying key features of the iPhone in creating its own lines of smartphones. Samsung has countersued, claiming two of its patents were infringed.

Apple is seeking $2.2 billion, and Samsung asked jurors for a little more than $6 million. The jury began deliberating Tuesday afternoon after a monthlong trial.

A previous jury in 2012 ordered Samsung to pay Apple $930 million after determining that some two dozen older-generation Samsung products contained features copied from Apple.



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