Why Samsung can’t peek at Apple’s unreleased iOS products – in a nutshell

Wed, Jun 22, 2011

Legal, News

Judge Koh explaining why Samsung isn’t entitled to see the iPhone 5 and iPad 3:

Ultimately, the essence of Apple’s claims is that Samsung has copied Apple’s products. 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. Samsung has cited no case requiring a plaintiff in a trade dress or trademark case to produce its future products in a context similar to this one. Given these circumstances, the Court agrees with Apple that it simply has not put its next generation products at issue, at least with respect to its anticipated motion for a preliminary injunction, and Samsung does not need access to these products in order to oppose such a motion.



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