Apple-Samsung patent trial starts

It seems like they’ve been fighting around the world all year, but The Big One starts today: Apple vs Samsung. As this background piece points out, patents tend to be very complicated, often vague and horribly subjective. One
thing they’re not, the author says, is “open and shut.”

This fight before a California jury will be long. So to start off, this look at the arguments, what’s at stake, who’s likely to win, and where it might leave the mobile industry.