Apple fights Samsung request to see iPhone 5, iPad3 models

Samsung's request to see early copies of Apple products didn't go over well with Apple.

Apple finally responded to Samsung's late May request to see the "final, commercial version(s)" of the "iPhone 4S," "iPhone 5," "iPad 3," "third-generation iPad," and their retail packaging. Monday, Apple filed a motion in the District Court for the Northern District of California asking the judge to deny Samsung's request.

According to the documents Apple says, "Rather, it is a transparent and improper attempt to harass Apple by demanding extremely sensitive trade secrets that have no relevance to Apple's infringement claims or to Samsung's defenses to a preliminary injunction."

Apple originally sued Samsung for "slavishly" copying the look and feel of iPhone and iPad products and requested copies of announced, though unreleased, Samsung products, including the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9, Galaxy S II, Droid Charge, and Infuse 4G. Apple said it wanted to evaluate these announced devices to see if they, too, would fall under the same intellectual property infringement claims Apple had already placed on other Samsung devices already in the market. Samsung responded by filing several patent infringement lawsuits targeting Apple's products in multiple countries.

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