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Poll: Did Samsung rip off Apple’s designs?

The Apple (AAPL) vs. Samsung (005930) tech trial of the century kicked off on Monday, and a lot of people seem to already be sick of it. Maybe it’s the fact that these two electronics giants have been at each other’s throats for what seems like an eternity, or maybe it’s the fact that readers are growing tired of seeing the same minutiae from the trial rehashed on 357 different blogs every few hours.

Sure, some fun stuff has emerged from San Jose — Samsung rejected Apple’s settlement offer, Apple rejected Samsung’s settlement offer, Samsung told Apple it wouldn’t have sold a single iPhone without stealing Samsung’s protected IP, Apple said Samsung knew it was ripping off the iPhone but did it anyway, Samsung proved that it was designing full touchscreen smartphones long before the first iPhone was unveiled — but there’s also plenty of less scintillating details that are still beaten to death across the Web.

Regardless of how tiresome it may or may not be, there’s obviously a lot on the line here, and much of it boils down to a simple question: did Samsung rip off Apple’s designs? You’re the judge and the jury now, readers. Let us know what you think by casting your vote in the poll above.

(And for those of you curious about the results of our last poll — Apple’s next iPhone vs. Samsung’s Galaxy S III — tens of thousands of you voted and the results were remarkably close. As it stands now, 40.18% said they intend to purchase Apple’s sixth iPhone this year, 38.72% plan to buy the Galaxy S III, and 21.1% want to see what Apple announces before making a decision.)

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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