The legal battle between Samsung and Apple has taken another twist after judges gave Apple the right to look at various Samsung patent to check for breaches of copyright. Although Samsung went along with this request they haven’t taken it lying down and have demanded the right to look at Apple’s upcoming products before their official release date. Samsung believe if they can see the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 before they are released it would mean less chance of legal problems in the future.
Earlier this week a court order meant Samsung had to hand over various devices including the Droid Charge, Infuse 4G, Galaxy S II, and both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 tablets so Apple could decide whether they should form part of the legal case. At this stage its not known whether they will be included but Samsung isn’t going to sit around and wait and for the same reason has demanded access to the iPhone 5 and iPad 3.
On the face of it, this request appears to be the same as Apple’s except for one major difference. The products requested by Apple have already been announced with some available on sale already, neither the iPhone 5 or iPad 3 have been given a release date: in fact nobody really knows if they exist at all.
Despite this strange request, you can kind of understand where Samsung is coming from. Perhaps they just want to ensure Apple won’t turn around in two months time and say the iPhone 5 has been copied or indeed their new handsets do infringe Apple’s patents(although they should know this already).
Whatever you make of this current request, it’s clear to see this is just the beginning of the legal battle between the two brands. The final outcome is still a long time away.