Qualcomm, Intel Provide Source Code in Patent Fight, Apple Says
Intel Corp. (INTC) and Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) have provided U.S. lawyers with source code that will help prove Apple Inc. isn’t infringing patents of Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), an Australian lawyer for the maker of iPhones said.
Attorneys in the U.S. have inspected the code and Intel and Qualcomm have agreed to provide it to lawyers involved in a patent dispute in Australia, Andrew Fox, Apple’s lawyer, said at a hearing in Sydney today.
“Further non-infringing arguments can be made from that” disclosure of the source code, Fox said today.
Apple and Samsung, the largest maker of mobile phones, are preparing for the start of a trial in which the companies accuse each other of infringing patents. They have filed at least 30 suits on four continents against each other in the past year after talks initiated by former Apple founder Steve Jobs to resolve the disputes broke down.
Apple, based in Cupertino, California, successfully delayed the release of Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 tablet in Australia for four months last year, claiming it infringed patents over touch screen technology and “slavishly” copied its designs. Australia’s High Court allowed the Samsung tablets to go on sale on Dec. 9.
Samsung claims some of Apple’s iPhones and iPads infringe its patents over wireless transmissions.
Apple is Samsung’s single biggest customer, responsible for 7.6 percent of the company’s revenue, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
The Australian trial, scheduled to begin July 9 and to run through Oct. 12, may tax the Sydney federal court, Justice Annabelle Bennett said at today’s hearing over the disclosure of documents.
“It’ll make other cases in this court look like babies,” Bennett said.
The trial may require more than one judge and Bennett said she is considering finding a court-appointed expert to provide testimony at the trial.
“I was never a fan of the idea,” she said. “But it needs, logistically and practically, to happen.”
The case is: Apple Inc. (AAPL) v. Samsung Electronics Co. NSD1243/2011. Federal Court of Australia (Sydney).
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