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Samsung Execs Gain Secret Apple Intelligence

A court document reveals that Samsung’s lawyers might have given their client access to Apple’s confidential information. Whether Samsung broke a protective order is now under investigation.

Oct 10 2013, 11:57pm CDT | by

Samsung Execs Gain Secret Apple Intelligence
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Vital secret Apple information, such as the company’s patent licensing agreements with manufacturers such as Ericsson, Philips, Nokia, and Sharp might have been provided to Samsung executives, being leaked to them by their maintained team of lawyers. According to Network World, it was during a fact discovery at Samsung that took place during a period starting August 2011 and lasting until March 2012 that the documents might have been provided. Now it’s possible that the company might have to pay Apple damages because of the revealed secret information.

The problem is that the reviewing of such documents by Samsung’s executives might be an infringement of the company’s declared-essential patents.  Whether the leak was done purposefully or not, reports given execs at Samsung possibly contained key terms of four license agreements. These reports were then made available to Samsung staff via FTP and emailed instructions. Nevertheless, Samsung maintains its innocence.

Courts at first were allowing Samsung to conduct its own investigations into the matter, but after unsatisfactory results, have decided it unwise to let the company continue working on the case without supervision. Every time representatives from Samsung were questioned about the matter, the only response given was that they are “working on it”.  A representative from the court equated allowing Samsung representatives to conduct the investigation to leaving foxes to monitor the hen house.

Samsung has a deadline of October 16 to provide the leaked documents to Apple so that it can be established whether or not the company is guilty or innocent.

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/25" rel="author">Bijon Kumar Pramanik</a>
Bijon Kumar Pramanik is an experienced technology writer working since years in the consumer electronics field.

 

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