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?