Some interesting document has been surfacing in the legal battle between Samsung and Apple. Both sides have to provide details of their business during the case that outlines how well products are doing in the US market. A document that has surfaced in the trial from Samsung suggests that the company has been misleading investors and analysts on how well its tablets are doing. Apple and Samsung returned to court in February after mediation failed.
Apple and Samsung have begun their opening statements at the latest patent infringement case in San Jose, with Samsung already insisting that, while it respects its rival, it can't allow it to take responsibility for every innovation in mobile. The case, a return to the courtroom for the two behemoths after attempts at mediating a settlement failed earlier this year, sees Apple demanding $2bn from Samsung, or the equivalent of around $40 per handset.
It’s a story that can now be told, but given how secretive Apple is about its ‘devil’ and ‘details’, one has to factor in the timing in context of the Apple – Samsung patent war that is still simmering on. We are talking about Apple’s senior software engineer Greg Christie and his recap on how the iPhone came about.
Samsung and Apple are still fighting in court with no signs of the feud lessening any time soon. Samsung made a court filing this week in the legal battle between the two companies that has to be embarrassing for the Apple legal team. Samsung pointed out that Apple had leaked the terms of a Nokia licensing agreement in a court filing.
Apple and Samsung are headed back to court next month, after attempts at negotiating a settlement over ongoing patent infringement disputes in the US failed. The two firms had been pushed into mediation by court order, with Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung mobile communications CEO J.K. Shin meeting for a full day of negotiations in February, along with legal teams and other advisors. However, despite numerous follow-ups, "the mediator's settlement proposal to the parties was unsuccessful" the jointly-filed report confirms.
Apple and Samsung have been having legal battles on several fronts in courts around the world for years. Last year, Samsung was able to get hands on some confidential licensing agreements between Apple, Ericsson, and Nokia. Those confidential documents were given to at least 50 Samsung executives and came from attorneys that were given the documents as part of preparatory work for a legal case.
The legal proceedings in the patent infringement suit between Apple and Samsung keep raging. Yesterday Judge Lucy Koh issued a summary judgment in the case. Koh declared that Samsung Android devices do infringe on an Apple patent for word recommendations. That is a fancy way of saying autocomplete.