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Smartphone giants Apple and Samsung are hurtling toward a second patent showdown.
Another trial, covering newer products like the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III, is scheduled to start March 31.
In 2012, Apple won a $1 billion patent and trademark verdict against Samsung, although that sum was reduced to less than $900 million after a re-trial on damages.
In the upcoming trial, newly revealed documents indicate that Apple is looking for a patent royalty rate that would allow it to collect billion-dollar sums from Samsung every year—for just five patents. According to patent blogger Florian Mueller, the five patents at issue cover Apple’s phone tapping number feature, unified search, data synchronization, slide-to-unlock, and autocomplete.
Yesterday, Mueller published a hearing transcript from February 10 which featured each side’s lawyers arguing to limit or throw out the other side’s expert report.