Apple hit out at Samsung 'harassment'
Apple has declared that supplier and rival Samsung has been harassing it into unveiling secret plans and sample models of the upcoming iPhone 5 and iPad 3 devices.
Continuing the ongoing patent and trademark infringement lawsuit that is circulating the two companies Apple has declared Samsung “attempts to harass us” by demanding access to its unreleased iPhone and iPad devices.
In the midst of a legal case that is to deem whether Samsung’s range of Galaxy devices have been overtly influenced by Apple’s iPhone and iPad releases, the Korean tech giant has demanded access to Apple’s upcoming products after a judge forced it to show the Cupertino firm its unannounced and unreleased smartphone range.
"Samsung's Motion to Compel is an improper attempt to harass Apple by demanding production of extremely sensitive trade secrets that have no relevance to Apple's likelihood of success on its infringement claims or to a preliminary injunction motion,” the Apple court filing read.
"Apple made a compelling showing in its motion to expedite discovery that Apple needs samples of products that Samsung has already announced, distributed, and described, so that Apple can evaluate whether to file a preliminary injunction motion against those products, which look strikingly similar to the distinctive trade dress of Apple's current products.
"Samsung has made no such showing about Apple's future products. Therefore, Samsung's Motion to Compel should be denied."