The legal battle between Apple and Samsung just took an interesting development. Back in April, Apple has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Samsung that claims that the South Korean company has been copying the "look and feel" of Apple's devices with their Galaxy devices such as tablets and smartphones.
Now as part of the discovery process, the lawyers of Samsung have filed a motion that demands Apple to turn over their final, commercial versions of the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 along with its packaging. This is so that Samsung could evaluate if there could be potential confusion between the two companies' products. Samsung presumes that the Droid Charge and Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be sold at the stores at the same time with iPhone 5 and iPad 3. If the final versions are not yet available, Samsung claims that they would instead demand for the most current version of each to be produced instead.
If anyone can recall, the court sided with Apple enabling them to receive access to Samsung's upcoming units (Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, the Galaxy S II, the Infuse 4G, Droid Charge). This is largely due to the fact that Samsung had already released units and photos for reviews of all the devices listed, except for the Galaxy Tab 8.9, but was already announced back in March and had a video demo.
According to Thisismynext's speculation, this rather bold move from Samsung is for them to gain additional leverage:
So why is Samsung even pursuing this? I think it’s a calculated gamble for additional leverage. Apple and Samsung held negotiations for a year before giving up and heading to the courts, and I’m reliably informed that there haven’t been any substantive settlement discussions since Apple first filed its complaint. That means talks have been at a standstill for a long time now, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung was trying to put some additional heat on Apple to try and kick negotiations back into gear.
It is clear that neither Apple nor Samsumg would back down so it's interesting to see how this particular legal battle unfolds. And we promise to keep an eye on this one for any of developments.
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