During the selection process to find the 10 people that will make up the jury in the Apple vs. Samsung patent trial in the US today, the District Court has called on a potential jury member, who turned out to be an Apple employee.
In an effort to ensure that the prospective jurors are impartial to court proceedings, Apple and Samsung lawyers have questioned citizens from a randomly selected pool of people at the US District Courthouse in San Jose, California, asking them if they work for Apple, Samsung, Google or Motorala, or are related to anyone who does.
In a session this morning it was revealed that one potential juror currently works for Apple – a discovery that is likely just a coincidence. In fact, a number of the individuals called by the Court have been linked to Apple and Google – one as a consultant for the former company, and another as a user interface designer for the latter. A further five jury candidates have also said that they could not be impartial in the trial for various reasons
Jury selection is expected to take less than a day, after which both companies will launch into their opening arguments.