Samsung says it owes Apple $52mn

How much does Samsung Electronics owe Apple for copying vital features of the iPhone and iPad? Apple says $380 million. Samsung counters with $52 million. It’s possible a jury presiding over a patent trial in a San Jose courtroom will find somewhere in between. The first day of testimony in the trial got underway Wednesday. At issue are 13 Samsung devices another jury decided infringed Apple patents for technology that allows scrolling and the “bounce-back” function at the end of documents, among other inventions.

That previous jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion after determining 26 Samsung products had infringed six Apple patents. But a judge found the jury miscalculated $400 million in damages for 13 products and ordered a new trial to determine the proper amount. “Apple lost sales because Samsung was selling infringing products,” Apple attorney Harold McIlhenny told the jury during opening statements. He argued that Apple’s lost profits, Samsung’s profits on the offending devices and royalties owed Apple, add up to $380 million.

“In a fair fight, in a fair competition, the money they got would have and should have gone to Apple,” McIlhenny said. Samsung’s attorney Bill Price countered during his own opening statements that consumers preferred Samsung’s devices, which operated with Google’s Android system, because of the many differences – rather than similarities – they have with Apple’s products. Price told the jury that Samsung owes Apple $52 million.

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Da Vinci art hidden under layers of whitewash found

Researchers have discovered new sections of artwork in a 15th century mural sketched by Renaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci, hidden under layers of whitewash in the walls of an Italian castle. The mural covers the vault and walls of the Sala delle Asse or Room of the Planks in the Sforza Castle in Milan. Restoration work on the Sala delle Asse has unveiled extra sections of the original work which depicts a garden pergola made of 16 mulberry trees bound together by a golden, knotted rope.

Experts agree the master’s hand can be detected in a monochrome section of the fresco, on the northeast and northwest corner of the room, depicting a huge tree root, stuck in rock. The work is part of the tree-filled decoration that was commissioned in 1498 by the duke of Milan, Ludovico Maria Sforza, nicknamed il Moro (the Moor) and was executed by Leonardo, who at that time was the court artist, and his assistants, ‘Discovery News’ reported.

“Large parts of this mural can be recovered beneath several layers of whitewash,” the Opificio Pietre Dure (OPD) the Florence based institute which is carrying out the restoration, wrote in a report. Preliminary analysis produced “quite interesting results,” lending hope that the work will recover “important parts of the preparatory drawings,” Marco Ciatti, superintendent of the OPD art restoration institute, said.

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