Apple claims harassment over Samsung iPad 3 and iPhone 5 request

Apple claims harassment over Samsung iPad 3 and iPhone 5 requestYou know the legal battle between Apple and Samsung, right? In which Apple has essentially claimed that Samsung has ripped off the “look and feel” of the iPad and iPhone? Well, there’s a new filing from Apple, and it’s as entertaining as you might hope.

The original motion cited the Samsung Galaxy S and 7in Galaxy Tab as copycats, and some legal dudes from Apple will soon get their hands on Samsung’s future range – including the Samsung Galaxy S II (not out in the States yet) and the 8.9 and 10.1in Samsung Galaxy Tabs – to ensure action needn’t be taken with regards to the new devices.

Samsung responded with a controversial and seemingly kneejerk request to see the next iPhone and iPad, which Apple has now dismissed as harassment.

The Korean manufacturer claimed that it wished to see the next iPhone and iPad to make sure it didn’t inadvertently rip off the look and feel of those devices. The big difference is: Samsung’s range had already been announced, while the new Apple devices are decidedly under wraps.

Apple’s official response reads: “Samsung’s Motion to Compel is an improper attempt to harass Apple by demanding production of extremely sensitive trade secrets that have no relevance to Apple’s likelihood of success on its infringement claims or to a preliminary injunction motion.

“Apple made a compelling showing in its motion to expedite discovery that Apple needs samples of products that Samsung has already announced, distributed, and described, so that Apple can evaluate whether to file a preliminary injunction motion against those products, which look strikingly similar to the distinctive trade dress of Apple’s current products.

“Samsung has made no such showing about Apple’s future products. Therefore, Samsung’s Motion to Compel should be denied.”

Great stuff, as always. We very much doubt that Samsung’s request will be approved, but what the hell do we know? Our license to practise law was revoked months ago.

via: Apple Insider

Read more about: Apple iPad 3Apple iPhone 5Samsung Galaxy S2Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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hp38  Jun. 15, 2011 at 17:43

Apple's lawsuit in and of itself seems frivolous. From my understanding it basically has to do with the Samsung Galaxy S II having that physical "home" button. I have an iPod Touch and I like that button, but that alone would not cause me to buy a phone over another. There are far more important things to consider, like the ability to play Flash, or larger screen size.

Infinite Element  Jun. 15, 2011 at 18:46

I'm surprised Mobot has yet to report on the fact that Apple now has to pay Nokia 2% for every iPhone sold.

Edit: my bad, they have.

athun  Jun. 15, 2011 at 19:51


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