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Stephen S. Wu, a partner in the Silicon Valley law firm Cooke Kobrick & Wu LLP, practices in the areas of information technology and intellectual property litigation and transactions, and served as the 2010–11 Chair of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law.
The recent rollout of Apple’s iPhone 5 demonstrates the one-upmanship in the market for mobile phones. The media wrote myriad stories about the new iPhone’s improved features, such as the larger, higher-resolution display, higher data speeds, a faster new processor, a new HD camera, a smaller connector, a better intelligent agent, and more. Yet the media are also running stories about how phones built on Google’s Android operating system have better usability on some apps, better appearance, faster performance, and the support of a more open platform. While Apple and Google continue to battle in the market, Google’s surrogate, phone manufacturer Samsung, continues a worldwide patent war with Apple. The turning point in the legal war was the recent $1 billion plus jury verdict in Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., No. 5:11-cv-01846-LHK in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The Samsung defendants included three separate affiliated Samsung entities.