Apple 'Shocked' That Samsung 'Copied the iPhone' With Galaxy S

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Samsung can thank Apple for the global success of its popular Galaxy S smartphone line.

So says Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, who took the stand Friday to say that it's been harder for his company to sell its iPhones because Samsung infringed on the iconic device's design copyrights.

Apple has been accused of losing its edge on innovation in the smartphone space. Is it because Samsung infringed on its patents?The two smartphone giants are in court, retrying a portion of their patent dispute.

Last year, a jury ruled that Samsung had infringed on Apple's patents and awarded the Silicon Valley giant more than $1 billion. But the judge said the jury miscalculated some of the damages, so she ordered a retrial for about $450 milion of the disputed amount.

Apple's Schiller testified on Friday that Samsung's products "sullied" Apple's reputation, according to The Wall Street Journal.

"It weakens the view that the world has for Apple," Schiller said. Schiller also said that Samsung's products make Apple's customers "question our innovation and design skills in a way that people never used to."

"Apple doesn't own a patent on a product being beautiful or sexy. Isn't that correct?" asked Bill Price, Samsung's attorney, challenging Schiller. "Apple doesn't own the right to preclude the design of this hardware."

Apple says it deserves $350 million while Samsung believes it should only be responsible for $52 million in damages.

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