“We have the next discovery dispute between Apple and Samsung. This time around, Samsung goes on the offense and wants the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to penalize Apple,” Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents. “Previously, a couple of lenient but also some more drastic sanctions were imposed on Samsung. Samsung is trying to mitigate the impact of the more drastic ones.”
“It would be too harsh to say that Samsung’s motion for sanctions is a ‘me too’ motion just because Apple won sanctions against Samsung on more than one occasion. It’s quite possible that Apple was less than fully cooperative. I’ve said before that Samsung plays more of those tactical games but Apple certainly doesn’t want to be more forthcoming than necessary. That said, at least the part about documents from other litigations leads me to suspect that what Samsung primarily wants is a delay,” Mueller writes. “Samsung may hope that it will take a while to sort out between the court in California and the ITC as well as other district courts which documents Apple ultimately has to make available to Samsung. The California court can solve the whole problem by providing the clarification Apple requests. In that case, there won’t be a delay, and probably no sanctions.”
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MacDailyNews Take: It is not at all “too harsh” to accuse a blatant copier of yet another act of slavishly copying Apple.
Apple’s products came first, then Samsung’s:
Samsung says lawyers didn’t design new Galaxy S III smartphone – May 22, 2012
Apple’s iPhone gobbles lion’s share of mobile phone profits, slavish copier Samsung a distant second – April 3, 2012
Samsung Mobile chief ‘designer’ denies that Samsung’s instinct is to slavishly copy Apple – March 23, 2012
Slavish copier Samsung shamelessly steals Apple’s iPhone 3G design – again – January 3, 2012
Slavish copier Samsung uses girl actress from iPhone 4S ad for Galaxy Tab 8.9 spot (with video) – January 2, 2012
Now Samsung’s slavishly copying Apple’s iPad television ads (with videos) – December 30, 2011
Judge: Can you tell me which is iPad and which is yours? Samsung lawyer: ‘Not at this distance your honor’ – October 14, 2011
Why are Apple’s icons on the wall of Samsung’s store? – September 24, 2011
Apple to Samsung: ‘Blatant copying is wrong’ – April 18, 2011