Court Rejects Bid For Secrecy In Apple Samsung Patent Case

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The series of court battles between Apple and Samsung has been going on for more than a year. A victory by one tech giant over the other is a good news for the victor and such victories also includes the rejection of an appeal of the losing tech giant in court.

However, here is a rejection that is can neither make Apple happy, nor Samsung.

On Tuesday, 17 July 2012, US District Court Judge Lucy Koh rejected requests from both Apple and Samsung regarding the parties’ proposal to keep portions of key legal documents out of the public eye during their upcoming patent case in California this month.

We assume that our regular readers are following all the current pre-trial back and forth between Apple and Samsung in the Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al, 11-1846 case. Here, Apple has claimed that Samsung is infringing on several patents. Samsung counterclaimed similar infringement arguments, and Apple’s request for a temporary sales ban on the Samsung Nexus Phone has been accepted and enforced by the court.

You will also know that Judge Koh has been steadily, one might say doggedly, dealing with both parties, trying to keep the case as relevant, simple, and direct as possible.

In an order issued Tuesday night, Judge Koh wrote that “it appears that the parties have over-designated confidential documents and are seeking to seal information that is not truly sealable.” According to Reuters, Judge Koh gave Apple and Samsung one week to refile their requests for sealing.

In addition, Judge Koh wrote that “only documents of exceptionally sensitive information that truly deserve protection will be allowed to be redacted or kept from the public.” In other words, make it count, Apple and Samsung.

Making specific legal documents makes sense if the companies are involved in an intellectual-property and patent infringement case. This is because both companies want to keep any trade secrets or sensitive information from leaking out during a public trial.

The trial is scheduled for 30 July 2012. If Apple wins, then this victory could possibly mean the permanent sales ban of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and Nexus phone.

Source: Cult Of Mac

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