Samsung is moving legally in order gain access to the
documents related to the recent Apple-HTC licensing
deal, hoping that the HTC deal covers some of the
patents involved in its own litigation with Apple.
Last week Apple and HTC ended
legal battles with a 10-year patent licensing
According to Reuters, Samsung asked a U.S. judge on
Friday to force Apple to turn over a copy of the HTC
agreement. Samsung argued that the HTC deal covers some
of the patents involved in its own litigation with
Apple, including those related to the so-called
"user-experience" like touchscreen functionality and
design. The agreement may undermine Apple?s claim that Samsung?s patent infringement can?t be resolved with license payments, according to the filing.
Apple has previosuly said that the company is not
willing to license such patents, although it did
to Microsoft, Nokia and IBM. Apple argues that its
Nokia, IBM and Microsoft deals shouldn't stand in the
way of an injunction.