Monday, March 12, 2012

Apple says Samsung violated court order by denying source

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Apple late last week accused Samsung of violating a court order for evidence in its main US lawsuit. The Korean company had supposedly only given Android source code for one version each of the devices at stake, such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1, before a December 31 deadline. It was now "too late" to get a "meaningful use" out of any source code Samsung might give before the August 25 trial date, Apple said.

As compensation, Apple wanted the San Jose court to prevent Samsung from using the source code it wasn't giving to defend itself. Samsung would also have to accept that source code for one device would have to stand as source code for all its sub-variants.

Neither the court nor Samsung had responded to the accusations. The same venue had denied preliminary bans Apple had wanted, but it won't necessarily deny Apple's current claims.

If found violating the court order, Samsung could see itself at a disadvantage in the trial if seen as acting in bad faith. A follow-up American lawsuit is underway and might see Samsung face similar demands for code.

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