Apple files to keep Samsung from seeing iPhone 5 and iPad 3

A request by Samsung to see Apple's upcoming versions of the iPhone and iPad as part of a lawsuit has been sternly responded to by Apple. CNet's News.com reports that Apple has filed a request in the District Court for the Northern District of California earlier this week asking the court to deny Samsung's request to see the designs for the iPad 3 and iPhone 5. In its response, Apple stated that Samsung's request was simply "a transparent and improper attempt to harass Apple by demanding extremely sensitive trade secrets that have no relevance to Apple's infringement claims or to Samsung's defenses to a preliminary injunction." The judge will make his decision on this matter on Friday, according to the story.

This is just the latest salvo in a series of lawsuits between the two companies. It started last April when Apple filed a suit against Samsung, claiming that Samsung had copied the case design and even the icon design for Apple's iPhone and iPad products for Samsung's Galaxy line of phones and tablets. Samsung fired back with its own lawsuit against Apple claiming that Apple had violated a number of Samsung's patents.

Last May, Samsung filed a request to see the designs of Apple's next generation version of the iPad and iPhone. Ironically Apple also requested to see Samsung's designs for their own upcoming tablets and phones. Unlike Apple's next generation products which have yet to be officially announced, the upcoming Samsung products have already been revealed and shown to the public

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This is just a little sad. I don't really care for either company but I do care about fairness, as most do... and this just doesn't strike me as being fair... shame on you Apple

I love seeing people jump in here to defend Apple. This lawsuit is HILARIOUS (from an outsider's perspective). They're like two schoolchildren fighting!

I see it like this--
Apple: You copied our phone!
Samsung: Nuh-uh!
Apple: Ya-huh! Show me your phones, and I'll show Teacher how much you copied!
Samsung: Lookit! They're totally different!
Apple: NO! They're the same!
Samsung: Fine. Show us your phones, so we know what not to copy next time!
Apple: No way! They're secret!
Samsung: How can I _not_ copy something, unless I see what not to copy!
Apple: You just dont copy, okay?

I'm an avid Apple fan (not fanboy), I have a MacBook Pro, an iPad 2, and an iPhone 4, but I cannot possibly take Apple's side on this. I hope Samsung wins this lawsuit, for the benefit of competition in the mobile phone industry, and for a few good laughs at the expense of expensive lawyers.

cyberdrone2000 said,
I love seeing people jump in here to defend Apple. This lawsuit is HILARIOUS (from an outsider's perspective). They're like two schoolchildren fighting!

I see it like this--
Apple: You copied our phone!
Samsung: Nuh-uh!
Apple: Ya-huh! Show me your phones, and I'll show Teacher how much you copied!
Samsung: Lookit! They're totally different!
Apple: NO! They're the same!
Samsung: Fine. Show us your phones, so we know what not to copy next time!
Apple: No way! They're secret!
Samsung: How can I _not_ copy something, unless I see what not to copy!
Apple: You just dont copy, okay?

I'm an avid Apple fan (not fanboy), I have a MacBook Pro, an iPad 2, and an iPhone 4, but I cannot possibly take Apple's side on this. I hope Samsung wins this lawsuit, for the benefit of competition in the mobile phone industry, and for a few good laughs at the expense of expensive lawyers.

LOL

cyberdrone2000 said,
I love seeing people jump in here to defend Apple. This lawsuit is HILARIOUS (from an outsider's perspective). They're like two schoolchildren fighting!

I see it like this--
Apple: You copied our phone!
Samsung: Nuh-uh!
Apple: Ya-huh! Show me your phones, and I'll show Teacher how much you copied!
Samsung: Lookit! They're totally different!
Apple: NO! They're the same!
Samsung: Fine. Show us your phones, so we know what not to copy next time!
Apple: No way! They're secret!
Samsung: How can I _not_ copy something, unless I see what not to copy!
Apple: You just dont copy, okay?

I'm an avid Apple fan (not fanboy), I have a MacBook Pro, an iPad 2, and an iPhone 4, but I cannot possibly take Apple's side on this. I hope Samsung wins this lawsuit, for the benefit of competition in the mobile phone industry, and for a few good laughs at the expense of expensive lawyers.

This was quite funny.

cyberdrone2000 said,
I love seeing people jump in here to defend Apple. This lawsuit is HILARIOUS (from an outsider's perspective). They're like two schoolchildren fighting!

I see it like this--
Apple: You copied our phone!
Samsung: Nuh-uh!
Apple: Ya-huh! Show me your phones, and I'll show Teacher how much you copied!
Samsung: Lookit! They're totally different!
Apple: NO! They're the same!
Samsung: Fine. Show us your phones, so we know what not to copy next time!
Apple: No way! They're secret!
Samsung: How can I _not_ copy something, unless I see what not to copy!
Apple: You just dont copy, okay?

I'm an avid Apple fan (not fanboy), I have a MacBook Pro, an iPad 2, and an iPhone 4, but I cannot possibly take Apple's side on this. I hope Samsung wins this lawsuit, for the benefit of competition in the mobile phone industry, and for a few good laughs at the expense of expensive lawyers.

This was quite funny.

I hope Apple gets sued by some big company and gives them a taste of their own medicine. They (Apple) certainly are the biggest crybabies in the tech industry. The year of copycats my ass...

tsupersonic said,
I hope Apple gets sued by some big company and gives them a taste of their own medicine. They (Apple) certainly are the biggest crybabies in the tech industry. The year of copycats my ass...
You realize that Samsung is "some big company," right?

The products Apple saw were not still industry secrets. The iPad 3 and iPhone 5 haven't even been announced in any form yet - for all we know, they don't exist.

Not to mention that Samsung is interested in patent infringement - since Apple's products are pre-production at this point, such a request is totally pointless, since there is *absolutely no guarantee* that anything in those products will make it to market. Proof of concepts happen all the time, but are pulled due to licensing fees.

Gotta say, I always find it funny when a comment says "this company is a crybaby - someone should sue them for no good reason and win!!!" Especially for a company like Apple, who are being sued by numerous companies as we speak, and are not winning every case. It's not like they've gone totally unpunished.

tsupersonic said,
I hope Apple gets sued by some big company and gives them a taste of their own medicine. They (Apple) certainly are the biggest crybabies in the tech industry. The year of copycats my ass...

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Apple asked Samsung to see their products - Samsung showed them.
Samsung asked to see Apple's products and they file this?

Uhh?

Tom said,
Apple asked Samsung to see their products - Samsung showed them.
Samsung asked to see Apple's products and they file this?

Uhh?

All the products Apple asked to see were products that Samsung either already sold or has already revealed in detail.

Apple asked to see: Galaxy S2, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Infuse 4G, and 4G LTE or "Droid Charge."

I believe all of these are either currently on the market or have been released for reviewer. No secret products or prototypes.

That's the main difference. It would be a different story if Samsung asked to see the iPhone 4 or iPad 2.

Apple is alleging the future Samsung products that they have already announced and demonstrated (as well as out for testing) violate Apple patents. So there is some justification on Apple needing to see these un-released but already publicly announced products. Samsung is not alleging that Apple violated any of Samsung patents. If Samsung was, then they probably would be able to see Apple's unreleased products IF Apple had announced them and something in that announcement contained an indication that a patent may be violated.

But the whole thing from Apple is BS and likely going to explode in their face.

Shadrack said,

But the whole thing from Apple is BS and likely going to explode in their face.

How is it BS? Apple have a patent on the design of their iPhones. If they feel someone has violated their patent they have the right to sue, just as Nokia had the right to sue when their patents were infringed.

http://www.patentlyapple.com/p...nd-ipad-design-patents.html

People need to understanding they're not suing for some generic term "copying". They're suing for specific patent implementations which they have been awarded.