Apple Says No to Samsung’s Quid Pro Quo Request

by: Elmer MontejoJune 16, 2011
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Apple hit Samsung and said, “Show us what you’ve copied from us!” Samsung hit back and said, “We’ll show you ours if you show us yours.” Apple now says, “Noooooooooooo!” and hides under the judge’s black robe, teary-eyed, and whimpering, “They’re harassing us!”

More or less, that’s how the picture now stands as far as the legal battle between Apple and Samsung is concerned. On Friday last week, Apple filed its response to Samsung’s motion for Apple to provide final versions of its upcoming products. In its response, Apple asserts that Samsung doesn’t need to see Apple’s upcoming iPad and iPhone because Apple is not the one in the defendant’s seat. The company also called Samsung’s latest moves as “attempts to harass” and not done in good faith.

Apple complained last May over Samsung’s alleged copycat practices. Apple alleged that Samsung has been imitating Apple’s innovations, designs, and packaging–particularly those found in Apple’s iPhone, iPod, and iPad. The copied designs, according to the complaint that Apple filed in a California court, appear on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy and Galaxy Tab handsets. Apple wants the case to be tried by jury.

Banking on “expedited discovery,” which presumably will give the complainant (i.e., Apple) a chance to consider filing a preliminary injunction, a judge has ruled that Samsung should present Apple with units of the Infuse 4G, DROID Charge, Galaxy Tab (both 8.9 and 10.1), and Galaxy S II so that Apple could examine the devices and determine whether the said products are covered under the charges that Apple has put forward.

Shortly after that, Samsung quickly threw the quid pro quo card on the table, demanding that Apple also show final samples of the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 for Samsung to scrutinize. Samsung also filed countersuits in Korea, Japan, and Germany.

As of now, neither Apple nor Samsung has given over its products for scrutiny. Samsung, though, has already announced the Samsung Galaxy S II–and is willing to show more to Apple, provided that the latter also does the same. Apple’s latest iPhone and iPad are still veiled by a shroud and are known only to a very elite few in Apple headquarters.

Now, all you legal wannabe’s, will Apple’s case prosper or what?

  • Mike Lothian

    You know the SGS2 is already out in the UK

  • 8PAQ

    Nice try Samsung! They obviously wanted a head start on copying the next versions of Apple products.

    • Jimmy

      xD You don’t actually think apple has a point, do you? I mean come on, Jobs should’ve stuck with desktops.

      • 8PAQ

        Samsung is a clear Apple copy cat starting from the packaging, the look or of the hardware and even their accessories all the way down to the Android skin that is the most iOS like of them all.

        • The_Omega_Man

          The Samsung Skin TouchWiz looks nothing like the iproduct’s UI. The only part that look similar is the backgrounds that Samsung put on all of the Android Icons. Packaging is similar to several products on the market today, so this is arguable. The accessories look nothing alike either. Some do perform the same or similar functions thought.

          • gtfojobbs

            if anything apple COPIED the notifcation pull down from eclair

        • The_Omega_Man

          Take a look for yourself about the TouchWiz 3.0 UI @

        • Cudzoo_x

          8PAQ, please, ther is only so many ways to package a product. apple would have sued if the android pad were green and red and the same goes for the phones. face it, apple wants only one smartphone and its theirs. if they do win, then they will tackle windows phones next. beginning to sound like a Monopoly which is illegal by the way.

          • Theesonnyd

            Apple could never sue Microsoft since Windows CE was released on Pocket PC phones in 2002 and has had phone OS’s ever since. Apple’s iOS wasn’t released till 2007.

          • Neal

            Don’t forgot about Palm Treo.

    • The_Omega_Man

      Only the Lawyers are allowed to see the products, based upon the court order not the engineers…

      • Cudzoo_x

        like how with the laywers know, the data is beyond them unless they agree to hire a 3rd parties to test and study them

  • Stanley

    Oh please don’t copy Apple, their simple designs were nice at first but now ehhhhh

    Samsung should stick to making their own designed products. I was excited hearing about a Samsung Galaxy media player to rival the iTouch but its crappy iPhone look is keeping me away.

  • thetallest

    I dont get it, All the products that apple is requesting are released. If you want to compare them buy them. Or is apple too cheep to spend the money? lol

  • Cudzoo_x

    why not just hire a 3rd party to see if both said parties are infringing on each others products. that way it prevents false data