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Samsung Asks for Next IPhone, IPad Samples in Patent Dispute

Samsung Asks Apple to Show Next IPhone, IPad in Dispute
A Samsung Galaxy smartphone, left, and an Apple Inc. iPhone 4. Samsung’s request is part of a legal dispute between the two companies which began in April when Apple claimed Samsung’s Galaxy products “slavishly” copied iPad and iPhone technology and design. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Samsung Electronics Co. sought a court order to force Apple Inc. to disclose iPhone and iPad models under development, claiming it needs the information to defend against allegations of copying.

Samsung must see the final versions of the iPhone and iPad to “evaluate whether a likelihood of confusion exists” between Samsung and Apple products likely go on sale about the same time, according to documents filed May 27 by Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung in San Jose, California, federal court. Samsung is asking Apple to turn over the samples by June 13.

The move comes a month after Apple asked the court to order the South Korean company to disclose unreleased Samsung products, according to the filing. Samsung’s request is part of a legal dispute between the two companies, which began in April when Apple claimed Samsung’s Galaxy products “slavishly” copied iPad and iPhone technology and design.

Steve Park, a Seoul-based spokesman for Apple, declined to comment.

Following Apple’s lawsuit, Samsung, which supplies chips to the iPhone maker, countersued the Cupertino, California-based company in Seoul, Tokyo, Mannheim, Germany and the U.S.

The South Korean company must be able to compare its devices in development to those of Apple as the iPad maker will probably seek a court order barring Samsung from selling future products, Samsung said in the court papers.

The case is Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. 11-cv-01846. U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (San Jose).

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