Samsung made quite an interesting move last Friday in its game of legal chess against Apple. Previously, Samsung was required by the courts to turn over its future devices to Jobs&Co, but now it seems Samsung has retaliated with a similar request.
Sammy is demanding to see the iPhone 5 and iPad 3. Apple, who has not yet made a response, currently has custody of Samsung’s full line-up of pre-production Android devices from a past filing.
The report, out of ThisIsMyNext, makes some surprising assumptions as to what Apple might do. Cupertino’s next move is pretty clear (appeals anyone?), but it is still unclear if Samsung will pursue more legal action after that appeal.
It’s important to note that the filing makes it clear that no one except Samsung’s lawyers will be able to see the unreleased products. (Sorry, we’ll all have to wait a little while longer until the iPhone 5 (4S) is released.) Though, the filing will more than likely set the stage for an all-out legal war.
It was also pointed out that Samsung and Apple have enjoyed a relatively peaceful combat, with no official statements being made to each other.
This leads the author of the article, Nilay Patel (a former copyright attorney), to believe that this filing is going to trigger new negotiations between the two companies. Apple, on the other hand, seems to want the courts to decide the fate of its precious prototype iPhones and iPads.
It’ll be really interesting to see what will happen in this case as time goes on. There are a lot of different variables coming into play here, and it seems that neither company is just going to drop it.
Are you having fun watching the “Samapple” soap opera? Do you think the two companies should just drop it? Feel free to leave a comment down below