Samsung Electronics is seeking a court order to force Apple to disclose iPhone and iPad models under development, claiming it needs the information to defend against allegations of copying, reports “Bloomberg.” (Note to Samsung: don’t hold your breath.)
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, reports “Bloomberg.”
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. Last month Samsung filed patent lawsuits against Apple over the U.S. firm’s iPhone and iPad after Apple claimed Samsung’s smartphones and tablets “slavishly” copied its products. Apple’s lawsuit filed on April 15 in the U.S. claims Samsung’s mobile phones and Galaxy Tab. Apple says Samsung “slavishly” copied the iPhone and iPad.
“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a 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,” the lawsuit reads.
The lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Northern California, alleges Samsung copied the look, product design and product user interface of Apple’s products. Samsung violated Apple’s patents and trademarks, the suit alleges.