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Apple accuses Samsung of violating court verdict

Apple and Samsung back in the news as Apple accuses Samsung of violating a court order in the patent related case

The patent wars are back in the headline once more as now Apple accused Samsung electronics of violating a court order in a patent-infringement case by failing to produce source code as directed by a judge.

Apple claims while filing in federal court in San Jose, that Samsung had only partially complied with the court, which ordered it to produce the source code for products such as the 4G smartphone and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets.

Earlier court ordered Samsung to produce source code for just one version of each of the products Apple accuses of infringing and withheld code for all other versions. The deadline ended on 31st of December. According to Apple as they have reported in the filing, it is too late for Apple to make meaningful use of any late produced source code. The expert reports are due in less than two weeks, which will be very less for Apple’s Expert to analyze any new code.

In the filing Apple also asked the court to prohibit Samsung from relying on source code which it failed to produce for their defense.

The Court earlier ruled December 3 against Apple’s request to block Samsung from selling its 4G Smartphones and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets in the US. That order followed an Australian court ruling that lifted an injunction on the tablet in Australia.  

Apple and Samsung are involved in this patent war for about a year now as it first filed a case in April 2011. Till now Apple and Samsung have filed at least 30 lawsuits on four continents against each other. 


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-03-13 (Update: 2012-05-26)