Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Apple may abandon Samsung as dispute escalates

Samsung is demanding to see Apple's upcoming products as the legal melee between the companies escalates, and the schism between the competing allies widens.

The Asian consumer electronics giant is insisting access in hopes that it can better "prepare its defense against any preliminary injunction motion brought against Samsung by Apple for trademark or trade dress infringement."

In recent weeks Apple has charged the rival with copying its product ideas, so its slightly ironic that the request for product access isn't Samsung's idea in the first place.

Apple last week asked a California district court to order Samsung to turn over a variety of its devices, including the to-be-released Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. The court agreed, but imposed the condition that only Apple's external lawyers would be allowed access to any of Samsung's pre-production products.

Source: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/154442/20110530/apple-raises-the-bar-in-samsung-dispute.html