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Samsung: Apple’s patent claims are 'gross exaggeration'

A man holds a Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy S4 smartphone, left, next to an Apple Inc. iPhone 5.
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A man holds a Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy S4 smartphone, left, next to an Apple Inc. iPhone 5.

Samsung began its opening argument on Tuesday, saying that Apple's patents aren't nearly as broad or important as the company claims in seeking $2 billion in damages.

"I'll prove to you that is a gross, gross exaggeration, and an insult to your intelligence," Samsung lawyer John Quinn said as he kicked off his opening statement.

Quinn also pulled a page from Apple's playbook and showed reviews of Samsung products talking about their innovations.

As expected, Quinn characterized Apple's software features as "small" and "minor" and not the reason why people buy Samsung's phones. Rather, he said, it is things such as screen size and battery life that prompt people to buy its phones. Apple doesn't even use four of the five patents at issue in its phones, Quinn argued.

Re/code has the whole story.

By Ina Fried, Re/code.net.

CNBC's parent NBC Universal is an investor in Re/code's parent Revere Digital, and the companies have a content-sharing arrangement.

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