Court orders Samsung to turn over prototype phones tablets to Apple

first_imgAs part of the on-going patent infringement lawsuit between Apple and Samsung, a court has ruled that Samsung must comply with Apple’s request for prototypes of its new and unreleased mobile devices to review. Apple wants their lawyers to review the devices to determine whether or not their patents have been infringed upon in the new models.Among some of the devices Apple will get a chance to examine are the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablets, and the Samsung Galaxy S2, Infuse 4G, and Droid Charge smartphones. Under most circumstances, a company would be allowed a waiting period before turning over the devices in order to make sure any real trade secrets have been removed or obfuscated.AdChoices广告This time however, the judge in the case, the Honorable Lucy Koh, pointed out Samsung’s marketing campaigns for all four devices have been pretty open about their capabilities, so there shouldn’t be a delay in turning them over to Apple for review. Apple backed that ruling, pointing out that Samsung can’t rely on secrecy when they gave away over 5,000 Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets to the attendees of Google I/O earlier this month.Apple’s claim is that a number of its patents and its “trade dress” were violated in the Samsung Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets. Apple claims the the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab both bear enough resemblance to the iPhone and iPad to warrant a lawsuit. Samsung responded to the charges by countersuing Apple for over 10 different patents.Samsung doesn’t have to worry too much that its trade secrets are going to wind up in the hands of Apple engineers working on the next generation of Apple products. The prototypes will only be reviewed by Apple’s legal team and used only for the case – not even Apple’s engineers in Cupertino will have the opportunity to see the devices.Read more at Courthouse News via CNET and TUAWlast_img read more