Samsung Wants Early Look at Next iPhone, iPad

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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.”

Samsung fired back with a counter suit claiming Apple’s iPhone and iPad step on its patent portfolio. The company filed first outside of the United States, then followed up with an in-country suit.

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.

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8 Comments Leave Your Own

Mr. Obvious

Ha- you’d have to be born yesterday to fall for that one….

Lee Dronick

They should hire Gizmodo to get them one.

aardman

Samsung: We need to see iPhone 5 and iPad 3 because Apple might copy from us the designs that we copied from them!

wab95

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.


So that was the problem. All along, people have been buying Apple’s iPhone and iPad when what they really wanted were Samsung ‘whatevers’. No wonder Samsung execs are steamed!

Not to mention those consumers. Can you imagine how peeved, hot and bothered you’d be; getting home from the Apple Store, unwrapping your new device, and finding out it’s not a Samsung! What skullduggery from those conniving Apple cads!

Good thing we have those sincere Samsung guys looking out for us, is all I have to say.

furbies

To be fair to Samsung, Apple did ask a court to order Samsung to reveal it’s upcoming tablet products….

From the Bloomberg article:

“Samsung Electronics Co. sought a court order to force Apple Inc. (AAPL) to disclose iPhone and iPad models under development, claiming it needs the information to defend against allegations of copying.
Samsung must see the final versions of the iPhone and iPad to ?evaluate whether a likelihood of confusion exists? between Samsung and Apple products likely go on sale about the same time, according to documents filed May 27 by Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung in San Jose, California, federal court. Samsung is asking Apple to turn over the samples by June 13.
The move comes a month after Apple asked the court to order the South Korean company to disclose unreleased Samsung products, according to the filing. Samsung?s request is part of a legal dispute between the two companies, which began in April when Apple claimed Samsung?s Galaxy products ?slavishly? copied iPad and iPhone technology and design.
Steve Park, a Seoul-based spokesman for Apple, declined to comment.
Following Apple?s lawsuit, Samsung, which supplies chips to the iPhone maker, countersued the Cupertino, California-based company in Seoul, Tokyo, Mannheim, Germany and the U.S.
The South Korean company must be able to compare its devices in development to those of Apple as the iPad maker will probably seek a court order barring Samsung from selling future products, Samsung said in the court papers.
The case is Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. 11-cv- 01846. U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (San Jose).
To contact the reporters on this story: Jun Yang in Seoul at jyang180@bloomberg.net
To contact the editors responsible for this story: Young-Sam Cho at ycho2@bloomberg.net”

This is all getting a bit silly….

Ion_Quest

Sounds fair to me.  Gotta love it!

aardman

To be fair to Samsung, Apple did ask a court to order Samsung to reveal it?s upcoming tablet products?.

No not really, Apple has already shown strong evidence that Samsung copied the iPhone and so wants to see Samsung’s unreleased products to prevent further copying.

Samsung on the other hand has no grounds to claim that Apple has copied their product in the past.  Pretty flimsy to demand to see your competitor’s unreleased product based on an **unsubstantiated** claim that they might copy you.  Furthermore, if I understand them right, Samsung is claiming that Apple might copy Samsung’s unreleased products. Products that Apple has not seen!  How can Apple copy a product they have not seen?

wab95

To be fair to Samsung, Apple did ask a court to order Samsung to reveal it?s upcoming tablet products?.

You are right in citing the need for symmetry, certainly in principle. I agree with aardman, however, that we are proceeding from an asymmetrical deck. Not only do Samsung’s products strongly resemble Apple’s, but let’s not forget history, that Paul Shin Devine was found to have leaked (for pay) Apple secrets to companies in China, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea (now who could that be?).

It is no secret that Apple shape the form/function landscape, and not their competitors, at least not now. And we have a history of corporate theft from Apple by regional companies (although in fairness I do not know if Samsung was one of them). We’re not starting from an even playing field.

As for the remainder, I agree, it is commingled with an air of absurdity.

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