Aussie Judge asks Apple to share contract details with Samsung

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With a streak of defeats and embarrassments in court, Samsung might have one reason to be happy now as a judge in Australia has asked Apple to share the details of contracts in Australia with Samsung. Apple has been asked to share the copies of contracts signed with Australian mobile carriers.

Few days back, Samsung had sued Apple in Australia, accusing the latter of infringing the patents held by Samsung for various wireless technology. Samsung alleged that the patents were infringed by iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad 2. Samsung demanded to know the source code of iPhone 4S in this lawsuit. Samsung asserted in this patent lawsuit that carriers were contractually obliged to subsidize iPhone sales.

Australia Federal Court Justices Annabelle Bennett has asked Apple to produce agreements it has with Vodafone, Sing Tel Optus and Telstra. Apple’s lawyer Andrew Fox has vowed to fight this verdict of disclosure.

The saga between Apple and Samsung started when Apple sued Samsung for copying the design of Galaxy Tab 10.5 from iPad. The lawsuit resulted in a court-imposed ban on the sales of Galaxy Tab 10.5 in Australia. Samsung filed a series of lawsuits against Apple in Australia and Europe, aiming to block the sales of various Apple gadgets, including recently released iPhone 4S.

The order from court also orders Apple to turn over 220 pages of documents to Samsung relating to the source code of iPhone 4S firmware.

However, Samsung is not too satisfied with the verdict as it says that there was a “missing file”.

Samsung is facing investigations from a European anti-trust body after being accused of using Patent laws as “weapons for court-battle” and the latest verdict from Bennett might strengthen Samsung’s case in this regard.

Source: TUAW

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