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Apple Wins Discovery Ruling in Samsung Infringement Suit

Apple Inc. won a court determination that Samsung Electronics Co. violated court orders in a patent-infringement case by failing to produce documents referencing Apple features and designs.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal in San Jose, California, yesterday ruled that Samsung had failed to comply with court orders.

“The scale of Samsung’s production and the burden placed on it by the compressed case schedule and the numerous claims at issue are not in doubt,” Grewal wrote in the order. “That burden, however, does not negate Samsung’s obligation to comply with no fewer than two court orders specifying the production of documents that reference Apple’s products.”

In its lawsuit, Apple claims that Samsung’s 4G smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer, among other products, infringe its patents. In December, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of San Jose ruled against Apple’s request to block Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung from selling that phone and tablet in the U.S. That order followed an Australian court ruling lifting an injunction on the tablet there.

In yesterday’s order, Grewal granted some of the monetary sanctions Apple sought, while denying others it asked for in connection with its failed request to block the sales of Samsung’s products. The amount of the damages Apple sought wasn’t identified in court filings.

Samsung Response

“Samsung will respond in accordance with the court’s order and produce the requested documentation within the timeframe provided,” Adam Yates, a company spokesman, said in an e-mailed statement.

Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman, didn’t immediately return messages after regular business hours yesterday seeking comment on the ruling.

Samsung, which was the world’s largest seller of smartphones last year, and Cupertino, California-based Apple have filed at least 30 lawsuits against each other on four continents since April 2011.

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

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