Samsung Wants to Reveal Apple's Greatest Secrets
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has filed a motion to stop its chief competitor, Samsung, from revealing confidential information about the company during a cross examination that is scheduled to take place today.
According to AppleInsider, Samsung had planned to reveal a "series of sensitive sales data documents related to the iPhone and iPad." The documents contain sales summaries for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, as well as an iPad tracking study and a number of iPhone buyer surveys.
Apple objected to the reveal of these documents and requested that U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh keep the information private. Koh granted Apple's request and ordered that two exhibits containing Apple sales information would be sealed in part with redactions. According to AppleInsider, only the relevant pages of these two studies will be entered into evidence.
Judge Koh also turned down a last-minute request from Samsung to include four additional documents in their cross examination due to the fact that they were not disclosed in a timely matter.
These developments are a partial win for Apple, which has been embroiled in a worldwide battle with Samsung for more than a year. Apple is currently attempting to ban one of Samsung's tablets in Europe, citing design infringement.
One British high court judge, Colin Birss, has already ruled against the ban request because he believes that Samsung's tablets are not cool enough to be mistaken for an iPad. Judge Birss later suggested that Apple should publish new ads that highlight the differences between the two tablets.
In America, Samsung decided to do a little publishing of its own when the company decided to release images of an iPhone-like device from Sony (NYSE: SNE). Samsung argued that this smartphone concept was the primary inspiration for the iPhone, thus diminishing the originality of Apple's popular device. Judge Koh excluded these images from evidence. Unhappy with this decision, Samsung sent the images to the media.
In response to Samsung's actions, Apple requested that the judge sanction Samsung for releasing excluded evidence. Judge Koh denied this request.
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