The Apple-Samsung patent infringement lawsuit is heating up: Samsung's lawyers have filed a motion for Apple to provide them with a sample of the next generation iPhone and iPad.
Since Apple keeps very tight wraps around all its upcoming products, it's highly unlikely that the company will comply with this request, at least without a fight. However, recently Samsung was ordered by a judge to give Apple samples of its yet unreleased tablets and smartphones, including the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Add to that the fact that Samsung has also filed a countersuit against Apple citing several patent infringements, and suddenly Samsung's claims don't seem that far-fetched.
Nilay Patel examined Samsung's request and he found some subtle differences between the two requests: Samsung products that Apple requested to see were publicly announced, while Samsung wants to see Apple's products which are unannounced and â€“ if you disregard the rumor mill â€“ officially do not exist.
Either way, if the motion is successful, only Samsung's lawyers â€“ not even Samsung itself â€“ would see Apple's products, and the chances of any info leaking out into the public are very slim.
The full text of Samsung's filing is available here.
Author: / Posted: 30-05-2011