Courts Shaft Samsung, Deny Early Look At iPad 3, iPhone 5
Round 248 of the Apple versus Samsung legal battle goes to Apple as a US district judge denied Samsung its reciprocal discovery request to get a peak at upcoming versions of the iPhone and iPad. Samsung was forced earlier this year to offer up a number of its upcoming products for Apple to get an early peak in a similar ruling.
While the courts seem to have favored Apple in this battle, there are differences in each companies claims. Samsung argued that upcoming products would affect the "total product image," and create consumer confusion between Samsung and Apple products. However, the main difference is Apple's initial complaint involved the infringement of existing products. Samsung's complain involves products that haven't been officially announced by Apple and are the product of rampant speculation.
Also, the court took into account the Samsung products Apple was able to get a look at have also been in the public eye for some time. Samsung even handed out $5,000 of their Galaxy Tab 10.1" at the Google I/O conference. Still, the court left the possibility of future litigation open acknowledging that Samsung could argue its existing products will be sold alongside future iPhone and iPad models.
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