Apple: Samsung request for iPad 3, iPhone 5 is harassment

In the ongoing legal dispute between the two consumer electronics companies, Apple filed papers yesterday answering Samsung's request for an early look at upcoming Apple products.

A mock-up of the next iPhone. cultofmac.com

It was easy to predict that Samsung's request to see early copies of Apple products as part of an ongoing legal dispute between the two companies wouldn't go over well with Apple.

Apple finally responded to Samsung's late May request to see the "final, commercial version(s)" of the "iPhone 4S," "iPhone 5," "iPad 3," "third-generation iPad," and their retail packaging. Yesterday, Apple filed a motion in the District Court for the Northern District of California asking the judge to deny Samsung's request.

The reason? Samsung's request "is not a good faith attempt to obtain information needed to defend against a preliminary injunction," the documents say. "Rather, it is a transparent and improper attempt to harass Apple by demanding extremely sensitive trade secrets that have no relevance to Apple's infringement claims or to Samsung's defenses to a preliminary injunction."

This isn't the first time in this legal proceeding Apple has used some particularly harsh language with Samsung.

This all started when Apple filed suit against Samsung in April for "slavishly" copying the look and feel of iPhone and iPad products. The suit specifically accused Samsung of "patent and trademark infringement, as well as unfair competition" in regard to several smartphones, including the Nexus S.

Samsung responded by filing several patent infringement lawsuits targeting Apple's products in multiple countries.

As part of the suit, Apple requested copies of announced, though unreleased, Samsung products, including the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9, Galaxy S II , Droid Charge , and Infuse 4G . Apple said it wanted to evaluate these announced devices to see if they, too, would fall under the same intellectual property infringement claims Apple had already placed on other Samsung devices already in the market.

A judge will make a decision on Samsung's request for its lawyers to take an early peek at unreleased and unannounced Apple mobile devices this Friday.

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CNET's Josh Lowensohn contributed to this report.

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Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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