What do you get if you hold the biggest technology patent trial in the industry's spiritual homeland?
Well, judging by the comical jury selection process in the forthcoming Apple vs Samsung slugfest, an unsurprising number of would-be jurors that get ruled out by virtue of their day jobs.
Several admitted they had friends and family that worked for Apple; one had previously worked on Google's Android design team; another had worked for Motorola – now owned by Google.
All of them had to be quizzed about ownership of iPads, Samsung TVs and the like.
But the two-dozen prospective jurors did hold some surprises in store. Presiding judge, Lucy Koh, was keen to ensure that none of those listening in on the case would be hooked in to social networks. As it transpired, just seven of the 24 original candidates claimed to be regular Facebook users, and even fewer used Twitter. One didn't even own a mobile phone.
After a day's hard questioning, the final jury is to comprise of seven men and three women, including a store operations manager for a cycling retailer, a systems engineer and a benefits and payroll manager who works with start-ups.
Between then, they'll be expected to settle a $2.5bn argument over whether Samsung's smartphones and tablet infringe on Apple's design rights – so no petty task.
But given the time taken to choose them, the prospects for a speed resolution appear small, something the lawyers representing the two firms are no doubt relishing.
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