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Apple says Samsung violated court order by denying source

updated 09:30 am EDT, Mon March 12, 2012

Apple says Samsung missed vital deadline

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. [via Bloomberg]

by MacNN Staff



  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "...acting in bad faith"

    That phrase pretty much sums up Google's Android strategy. Sucker consumers into buying a phone that is essentially a platform for Google's real customers: advertisers. That strategy only worked because the cell carriers could use Android to hype their own app markets, services, etc. with un-removable spamware apps.

    Of course, as we've all seen over the past two years, that strategy completely fails with pad computers. Because the carriers are only slightly involved. No big-minute plans are needed because you don't make calls with your pad computer. So pads need to succeed or fail on their own merits (and on the merits of their ecosystems.) Game over, Google.

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