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Apple, which already has won nearly $1 billion in judgments against Samsung, now alleges Samsung’s newest devices, such as its Galaxy S III, right, also copied Apple technology.

Apple, Samsung at it again in court

– Jury selection began Monday in the latest legal battle between the fiercest rivals in the world of smartphones, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features.

The trial in Silicon Valley marks the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between the two tech giants that underscore a debate about what is allowed to be patented.

The latest Apple-Samsung case will be tried less than two years after a federal jury found Samsung was infringing on Apple patents. Samsung was ordered to pay about $900 million but is appealing and has been allowed to continue selling products using the technology.

Dozens of attorneys gathered in U.S. District Court for the latest legal skirmish in which Apple Inc. accuses Samsung of infringing on five patents on newer devices, including Galaxy smartphones and tablets. In a counterclaim, Samsung says Apple stole two of its ideas to use on iPhones and iPads.

“Apple revolutionized the market,” Apple attorneys wrote in court filings. “Samsung, in contrast, has systematically copied Apple’s innovative technology and products, features and designs, and has deluged markets with infringing devices.”

Samsung countered that it has broken tech barriers with its own ultraslim, lightweight phones.

“Samsung has been a pioneer in the mobile device business sector,” Samsung attorneys wrote. “Apple has copied many of Samsung’s innovations in its Apple iPhone, iPod, and iPad products.”

In the current case, Apple claims Samsung stole a tap-from-search technology that allows someone searching for a phone number or address on the Web to tap on the results to call the number or put the address into a map.

In addition, Apple says Samsung copied “Slide to Unlock,” which allows users to swipe the face of their smartphone to use it. Samsung countered that Apple is stealing a wireless technology system that speeds up sending and receiving data.

The most attention-grabbing claim in the case is Apple’s demand that Samsung pay a $40 royalty for each Samsung device running software allegedly conceived by Apple.

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