Apple says Samsung failed to abide by court order in infringement case

| Monday, March 12th, 2012

It’s the never-ending battle between Apple and Samsung. This time, according to a filing yesterday in a San Jose federal court, Apple is accusing Samsung of violating a court order issued in an infringement case. Apparently, Samsung was ordered by a judge to produce its source code for each of its 4G smartphones and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. However, according to Bloomberg, Apple says that Samsung has only provided them with partial source code for one version of each “infringing device.” The other versions? Withheld.

Samsung “only partially complied with” the judge’s order and “at this point in the case, it is too late for Apple to make meaningful use of any late produced source code.” Basically, with limited time to check the new codes, Apple’s analyst won’t be able to properly analyze them. And with the codes due for release in less than two weeks, it seems that Samsung has won this shady game. Is anyone keeping tally? After all, this is only about the thirtieth lawsuit filed between the two companies. The next trial in the case is scheduled for August 25th.

What does this mean for the average user? Not much actually. However, in the long run there just might be more competition between Apple and Samsung to dominate the mobile space. That should mean better mobile technology and more innovations at a faster rate. Now that sounds good to me.

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