Samsung's argument that Apple attacked the wrong company could resonate with the jury.
FORTUNE — Watching Apple’s AAPL patent infringement trial from afar — today, it’s from Prague — I can’t tell if the jury got as clear an explanation of where Apple’s so-called “quick link” software came from as the one Daniel Eran Dilger posted Sunday on AppleInsider (How Samsung & Google teamed up to steal Apple Data Detectors for Android).
But reading Dilger’s deep dive into the history of the technology I’m reminded of what Steve Jobs told his biographer the day Apple sued HTC, the first of the Android manufactures to feel the litigious wrath of Jobs:
Well, if Google GOOG is the company that copied Apple’s technology — and in the case of Apple’s data detectors, it would seem they are — why is Apple suing Samsung?
Samsung’s lawyers raised this question in their opening statement two weeks ago, and it’s an argument that could resonate for the jury.
I took a crack at it in August 2012, right after the first Apple v. Samsung trial ended in Apple’s favor to the tune of $1 billion.
Mueller, by the way, has so thoroughly changed his tune on Apple’s patent litigation strategy that on Sunday, after a brief exchange with Dilger over the AppleInsider piece, Mueller blocked Dilger’s Twitter account.
Tempers, it seems, are running high.