John Paczkowski

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Samsung Wants to See the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3? Don’t We All…

You’ve got to love the irony. Samsung–which Apple has accused of “blatantly copying” its intellectual property–now seems to be mimicking the company’s legal maneuvers as well.

A week after it was ordered by a court to provide Apple’s outside attorneys with samples of a number of announced, though unreleased, products, Samsung filed a motion seeking the exact same thing from Apple.

First reported by This Is My Next, the expedited discovery request asks the court to order Apple to provide it with samples of the final commercial versions of the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 and the third generation iPad–all three unreleased, unannounced and unknown beyond Internet speculation. The reason: Samsung wants to compare them to its future products to head off any additional infringement claims from Apple down the road.

In other words, it wants to be sure it hasn’t copied any Apple products no one has even seen yet.

Which seems silly, particulaly when Apple’s motion for a preliminary injunction against Samsung is clearly based on products Apple currently has on the market.

But as This Is My Next’s Nilay Patel notes, this move is likely more about leverage than anything else. Settlement discussions between the two companies have been at a standstill for some time now and Samsung may be hoping that threatening Apple with a forced opening of the kimono might kick them into gear again.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik