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Apple Vs. Samsung: Closing Arguments Delivered In Patent Courtroom Battle

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Apple's courtroom patent battle with Samsung over the design of its iPhone and iPad is nearing its conclusion after both sides delivered their closing arguments.

The Cupertino-based company, which recently became the most valuable in US history, accuses Samsung of copying the design of its products.

Samsung denies the charges, and has argued that Apple infringed on several of its own wireless patents.

Apple is asking for more than $2.5bn in damages, and is demanding a sales ban on several of the Korean company's products.

The jury in the case will begin deliberation on Wednesday, after four weeks of revealing witness testimony and fractious arguments between the two sides - and both sides with Judge Lucy Koh, who at times has appeared impatient with the tech giants' attorneys.

Apple's lawyer, Harold McElhinny, said that the company's co-founder Steve Jobs had "shocked the world" with the original iPhone, and that "no Samsung witness ever sat in that chair and said 'those designs are not similar".

"The test is overall visual appearance, not these minor differences," McElhinny said.

He asked jurors to consider the documented evidence, and made a straightforward argument that Samsung 'copied and emulated' its designs.

"They have spent a billion dollars mimicking our designs and holding it out to the world so the Apple design is no longer seen as unique."

Samsung argued instead that Apple was attempting to block competitors from competing in the mobile industry.

Attorney Charles Verhoeven said "there's no deception, there's no confusion, and Apple has no credible evidence of it".

"Rather than competing in the marketplace, Apple is seeking a competitive edge in the courtroom," Verhoeven said.

"(It has argued) it's entitled to having a monopoly on a rounded rectangle with a large screen. It's amazing really."

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