The Verge has an excellent overview of the Apple vs. Samsung court case that begins today in California:
Samsung will almost certainly argue that these patents are invalid for being too broad — we’ve heard the company use the phrase “Apple’s black rectangle problem” in the past few weeks. The pendulum will also swing far in the other direction: Samsung will argue that its products don’t infringe because they’re not exactly what’s in the drawings. This part of the case will involve the most legalistic discussion of design elements, and will almost certainly seem a bit silly compared to the more holistic discussion around trade dress.
As important as this case is for Samsung, it’s actually way more important for Google. A win by Apple would seriously harm all future Android products by every manufacturer, from Asus to HTC to Google’s own Motorola Mobility. In the end, that is way more important to Apple than the $2.5 billion in damages it’s claiming.