Following Apple’s ‘look-and-feel’ infringement suit against Samsung resulting in a judge ruling that Apple’s outside council should be shown unreleased Samsung phones, Samsung has fired back demanding to be shown the next Apple devices; including the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3.
It is website Thisismynext.com that is reporting that Samsung lawyers are taking the battle to Apple and the courts, in what could end up being a long and costly battle for both companies (not that any of them have financial issues).
While Apple usually holds a very thight net around any new device, not revealing it until Steve Jobs or another high ranking officer is standing on the stage presenting it to the world, Samsung usually adopts a different approach where unreleased handsets might be circulated to media and developers.
Samsung arguments for being allowed to see the next generation Apple products is so that they can prepare themselves for any future preliminary injunction, although it does not make sense for Apple to be able to ask for a preliminary injunction for products they have not put to market yet.
Looks like this will be one for the lawyers to fight out amongst themselves, but it will be interesting to see if it will have any impact on potentially Samsung becoming the next screen supplier for the iPad/iPhone.
Should either company end up having to show each the upcoming products, it will be the lawyers that will get to see them and determine whether there is any potential conflicts, and not representatives of the companies themselves.