Samsung has been hoping to get an early look at the next generation iPhone and iPad as it works on its legal battle with Apple over alleged patent infringement. Samsung asked the court to compel Apple to hand over pre-production models of the iOS devices because it thinks there’s a chance Apple’s designs could be confused with its upcoming smartphone and tablet releases, according to Bloomberg.
Executives from Samsung told the court they expect Apple’s next iPhone and iPad releases to coincide with their own products, and consumers could be mistake Apple’s devices for theirs. An early look at both would give Samsung a chance to try and block their release through the court system.
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Apple and Samsung have been squaring off for a legal battle over patent infringement claims related to mobile devices. Both companies allege the other is infringing on patent protected technology and designs.
Apple hit Samsung with a patent infringement lawsuit in April with claims that the Galaxy Tab, Galaxy S 4G and Nexus S devices all use Apple-protected technology. The Cupertino-based company said at the time, “Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products.”
Despite the legal battle, Apple claims it is still on good terms with Samsung.
“We’re Samsung’s largest customer, and Samsung is a very valued component supplier to us,” said Apple COO Tim Cook. “Separately from this, we felt their mobile communication division had crossed the line.”
Samsung is asking the court to force Apple to hand over samples of the devices by June 13.