Apple vs Samsung: Ruling Brings Up Details, Quickly Redacted
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh recently ruled against Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction on Samsung’s smartphones in the case between the two companies scheduled for a next year trial. Apple took Samsung to court for “slavishly” copying the iPhone’s design. Judge Lucy Koh’s ruling contains a couple of interesting details which were made public but the electronic document was quickly sealed and a redacted version took its place.
According to the initial version which Reuters managed to grab, Cupertino has concluded that, according to their research, Apple customers are unlikely to switch out their iPhones for a Samsung device. The Judge also reportedly noted that an increase in Samsung device sales is affecting other Android smartphone manufacturers and not Apple.
The document also refers to Apple’s licensing deals; we’ve recently heard about Cupertino reportedly licensing out iOS bits regarding the scrolling mechanism to Nokia and IBM. The ruling confirms that Apple also offered a licensing deal to Samsung during negotiations with Apple in November 2010, five months before Cupertino sued the Korean phone-maker in the U.S. back in April of 2011. The original document contains a footnote though with Judge Koh’s mentioning that “it does not appear” that the two companies were discussing design patents during their negotiations prior to the lawsuit.