Yes, Apple will be revealing the iPhone’s source code to Samsung as ordered by an Australian judge. Apple is expected to turn the code in as part of the ongoing patent lawsuit in Australia. Apple apparently began handing over the iPhone 4S source code yesterday, and Samsung will surely raise disputes over whether Apple’s code production is adequate in the future, it seems that this particular discovery argument has been resolved in Samsung’s favor.
As expected, the more controversial issue was over whether Samsung was entitled to the agreements between Apple and the regional telcos. Apple argued these documents were highly confidential and irrelevant to Samsung’s infringement allegations. On this issue, the judge acted swiftly but cautiously, ordering Apple to hand over certain terms of the contracts to Samsung. The court then determined that based on Apple’s representations of what was contained in the documents, Samsung’s allegations that Apple demanded preferential treatment from the telcos didn’t have any proof. With that, the judge called the issue tangential and set it aside for now.
Neither of these rulings are too surprising — the hearing on Samsung’s motion to block sales of the iPhone 4S in Australia is scheduled to start November 15, and the court is keeping everyone focused on the merits of the actual patent infringement case. We will keep you updated in the near future.
Do you think it makes sense that Samsung’s source code request was granted? What do our Australian readers think about Samsung blocking the sales of the iPhone 4S, do you think this will be successful?
Source: The Verge