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Samsung demands to see next iPhone, iPad as it claims Apple lawsuit won't be 'legally problematic'

Mobile head denies it copied designs

Samsung demands to see next iPhone, iPad as it claims Apple lawsuit won't be 'legally problematic'
Samsung may have suffered its first setback in its legal tussle with Apple over the design of its handsets and tablets, but the firm's response has been twofold.

Last week, a San Joe Federal Court judge ordered Samsung to provide prototypes of forthcoming devices within 30 days, handing Apple the initiative in its claim that the Korean giant has copied its hardware designs.

The order was granted after Apple filed for "expedited discovery", demanding to see samples of Galaxy S2, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Infuse 4G, and 4G LTE Droid Charge.

I'll show you mine if you show me yours

However, though Samsung will provide said prototypes to the outside counsel (the judge interestingly denying Apple's legal team access), Thisismynext.com reports Samsung has countered by filing a motion of its own.

The motion requests "a sample of the final, commercial version of the next generation iPhone that Apple will releases, whether that product will be known as the 'iPhone 4S', 'iPhone 5', or some other name."

Samsung's position is that it needs to be aware of the designs pre-release so it can avoid copying them in its own devices, handing Apple a deadline of June 13.

No problems

Adding to the legal response, mobile communications head J.K. Shin has told the Wall Street Journal that he still expects Apple to lose the case.

"We didn't copy Apple's design," he told the paper.

"We have used many similar designs over the past years and it [Apple's allegation] will not be legally problematic."

[source: Apple Insider]

With a fine eye for detail, Keith Andrew is fuelled by strong coffee, Kylie Minogue and the shapely curve of a san serif font.

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