Lead Samsung attorney Charles Verhoeven also highlighted some surprising differences between Samsung smartphones and the iPhone, differences that a key expert witness for Apple seemed unaware of. On the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, the rounded corners aren't rounded equally, as the iPhone's are, Verhoeven pointed out.
He asked key Apple witness Peter Bressler, an expert on industrial design, if he had noticed how much the top corners are a tighter curve than the bottom corners on the Galaxy. If part of a circle, the top corners would have a radius of 10 centimeters; the bottom, 13 centimeters, he said.
"I couldn't dispute your measurements," Bressler responded. "I haven't measured the corners" on the Galaxy, he testified.
Yet lead Apple designer Christopher Stringer, in testimony July 31, had insisted the rounded corners of the iPhone were one of its key differentiating elements. "Did you say equally rounded corners," Verhoeven had questioned him during his July 31 testimony, as if smitten by the idea for the first time. "Corners with exactly the same radii," Stringer had affirmed.
Apple had settled on the design because it was "beautiful" due to its simplicity, balance, and symmetry, and part of the symmetry was equally rounded corners, he said.
Furthermore, Apple's design patents, which have Stringer's name on them, show only rectangular phone bodies with equally rounded corners. The point has been so prominent in the early days of the trial that it came as a something of a shock that no one had measured the rounded corners on Samsung's models, except, of course, Samsung.
Bressler, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and founder of design firm Bressler Group, was introduced to the jury as having designed cellphones. Verhoeven later elicited the fact that he had not designed a smartphone and pointed out that none of his designs had been put into production. Only two or three had even been given shape as models. "Five or six" were made into mockups, Bressler corrected him.