Juror Recounts Deliberations That Brought Big Apple Win

Just minutes after the nine jurors in the Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. patent trial began deliberating last week, they were stuck. It was seven “yes” votes to two “no” votes on the first question they faced: Whether Samsung violated an Apple patent related to the bounceback action a touchscreen makes.

With the votes tallied on a white board, they decided to review the evidence, recounted juror Manuel Ilagan in an interview. They powered up a video of a computerized touchscreen tablet that had been developed by Mitsubishi that Samsung asserted proved Apple didn’t come up with the idea first and that its patent should be invalidated.

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