Apple to not hand over any future iOS products to Samsung.
Samsung’s and Apple’s month long quarrel over copy-cat claims has taken another turn, albeit a seemingly small one.
A US judge has denied Samsung’s request to see the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3, saying Apple does not have to hand over any of its next-gen iOS hardware over to Samsung’s lawyers.
Further on, however, the judge inclined towards Samsung’s claims that its forthcoming devices should only be compared against Apple’s forthcoming devices as well, and not the ones currently available in the market.
“Samsung is free to argue, for instance, that there is little likelihood of confusion because consumers will not encounter its products side-by-side with the iPhone 4 or iPad 2, but rather with Apple’s next generation iPhone and iPad. Similarly, as to proximity, Samsung is free to argue that because the iPhone 4 and [iPad] 2 will soon be outmoded and reduced in price, they are not being sold (or very soon will not be sold) to the same class of purchasers who are likely to buy new Samsung products. By choosing to allege infringement only of its current products, Apple opens itself up to these arguments.”
The iPhone 5 is rumored to feature an all new edge-to-edge display design, carbon fiber casing, button-less UI interaction, and upgraded innards.