Apple: Samsung violated court order, give us the source code

Apple has hit out at Samsung for failing to provide it with source code of its patent infringing product in a timely fashion, after it was ordered by a court to do so.

Apple has accused Samsung of failing to comply with a court order handed down last year, after Samsung was forced to hand over the source code to Cupertino relating to its patent infringing devices, like the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Samsung "only partially complied with" a previous court order, Apple said in a filing in a San Jose, California federal court, after only one of the devices' source code was handed over to the technology super-giant for inspection.

The deadline for handing over the code was December 31, but with a trial date set for August 25, it doesn't give Apple enough time, the filing said.

"At this point in the case, it is too late for Apple to make meaningful use of any late produced source code," the iPhone and iPad maker said. With less than two weeks until expert reports are due in to the case, Apple is concerned it will be set back at a disadvantage as it "would leave insufficient time for Apple's experts to analyse any new code".

Apple has not has the best of luck with the San Jose court, after Apple's request to block Samsung from selling certain 4G-enabled products in the U.S. failed in early December, reports Bloomberg.

In case you're wondering, this case stems back to the lengthy, bitter case between the two companies, after Apple sued Samsung over its Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets for patent infringement. Since then, the suit has spread to over 30 courts across four continents.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet was banned in Australia, but was eventually lifted just before Christmas holiday sales. The company was also forced to redesign the tablet after a German court banned the device in the region, but still faces criticism.

But Samsung has been fighting back, and hard. It scored its greatest offensive victory when the sale of iPhones and iPads were banned in Germany; albeit for a few short hours until Apple appealed and was granted a stay on the injunction.


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