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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

August 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Apple lawyer: “Not every smartphone needs to look like an iPhone”

NokiaLumia900.jpgThe Verge has been live blogging the closing arguments in the Apple vs. Samsung patent case, being heard at a federal district courthouse in San Jose.

An interesting Windows Phone-related moment happened earlier this afternoon when, according to The Verge, Apple attorney Harold McElhinny showed a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone (and a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc) and said: “Not every smartphone needs to look like an iPhone.”

Another interesting tidbit: The Verge live blog says that “other factors the jury must consider in deciding whether the patents are obvious: initial skepticism, acclaim, commercial success, copying.”

The blog then quotes Apple attorney McElhinny as saying: “All of the executives of Microsoft and Palm predicted the iPhone would fail. There’s your initial skepticism.”

Think McElhinny meant this?

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(Video from YouTube user smugmacgeek. Photo of Lumia 900 from Nokia)

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