Breaking: Verdict in Apple-Samsung trial imminent

The nine-person jury deciding the trial between the two technology giants has reached a verdict.

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U.S. District Court Judge Koh speaks with jurors earlier in the trial.
U.S. District Court Judge Koh speaks with jurors earlier in the trial. Vicki Behringer

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A decision in the multi-billion dollar trial between Apple and Samsung has been reached, and will be announced shortly.

Join our live blog as the verdict is read.

Hanging in the balance are possible sales bans on phones and tablets on both sides, as well as a damages tally that ranges from millions to billions of dollars depending on how the jury comes down.

The nine-person group heard the closing arguments from both sides on Tuesday. Apple used its time to once again paint Samsung as a copycat that threatened to undo innovation, while Samsung depicted Apple as a stifler to competition.

The jury, which is made up of seven men and two women, has been holed up in the San Jose Federal Courthouse since Wednesday morning. The trial itself stretched a little more than three weeks.

To reach its verdict, the group faced a 20-page verdict form requiring them to select which products from either company infringed on which patents. Adding to that task were questions about assigning damages, and determining whether Samsung had violated antitrust laws with its 3G wireless patents, and diluted Apple's trade dress.

Stay tuned.

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