Feeds

Judge lets Apple keep secrets from Samsung

You show me yours...

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The I sue you, you sue me spat between Apple and Samsung took a turn in the iPhone maker’s favour this week.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled against the Korean company’s request last month for access to unreleased iPhone and iPad models, which it had claimed would be "highly relevant" to its defence case, according to Reuters.

Apple took a different view and its lawyers successfully argued this was an attempt to "harass" the company into revealing highly sensitive commercial information. Samsung’s request was a counter-strike following a judgement instructing the company to provide information on its own forthcoming Android products for Apple.

In her ruling released late on Tuesday the judge wrote that, "Common sense suggests that allegations of copying are necessarily directed at Apple's existing products, to which Samsung has access and could potentially mimic, and not at Apple's unreleased, inaccessible, next generation products."

Nice try, Samsung. I show you mine, you show me yours isn't going to get you a quick flash of the next big thing in court, but hang around the bars in Cupertino and you never know your luck.

Apple’s decision to sue its valued component supplier is in response to Samsung allegedly copying the look and feel of its mobile products. We covered the details with some spot-the-difference pictures in an earlier report here.

Apple iPhone patent drawing

While the patent litigation rages on, Apple has also scored a direct hit today with the granting of its 2007 patent filing that focuses on the original iPhone’s touchscreen navigation and multi-touch functionality, as reported on Patently Apple. Included in a wide range of patents granted to the company this week, was the Apple remote and the soon to be defunct Front Row user interface which is to be dropped from Mac OS X 10.7 Lion released next month. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars
Indian-owned Jag's latest offering curries favour with us
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe
I'll have a handset delivered. Judge us after you try us...
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.