Judge Tells Samsung To Prepare Its Defense For Leaking Secret Apple Documents

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A judge has advised Samsung to prepare its defense after determining that the South Korean company probably violated a court order by leaking confidential Apple documents.

Apple provided Samsung with copies of its patent agreements with Nokia, Ericsson, Sharp, and Philips as part of the massive patent battle between the two that started last summer, but it seems the company ignored the protective order that said the information could only be used in the context of that case.

Samsung instead shared the documents with 90 employees and 130 unauthorized lawyers in an effort to gain an uncompetitive advantage against Apple, leading Judge Paul Grewel to deem that “sanctions against Samsung and its attorneys are warranted.”

Samsung admits that the order was not followed and that it did share the information, but insists it was an “inadvertent disclosure” that it “deeply regrets.”

Nokia has taken Apple’s side and joined its motion for sanctions. Paul Melin, the Finnish firm’s chief intellectual property officer, claims Samsung tried to use the company’s licensing agreement with Apple as leverage for a licensing deal between Nokia and Samsung.

The Verge reports that Judge Grewel has told Apple and Nokia to present their recommendations for punishment, while Samsung was advised to prepare its defense. A hearing will take place on December 9.

  • iRikal

    Unethical leaders makes unethical companies… period.

  • iRikal

    Unethical leaders makes unethical companies… period.

  • norb

    A new low for Samescum? Naw you gotta be above it to actually hit some sort of low. It’s just business as usual.

  • aardman

    The judge said “prepare your defense” but Samsung, no doubt, heard “start fabricating and coordinating your lies”. Samsung never misses an opportunity to show the world that they don’t have even the sparsest shred of ethics. You’d think they’re the kind of company who would have a convicted felon for its CEO. Oh wait.

  • Paul Burt

    “Prepare your defense?”

    What defense? Nokia said Samsung already tried to leverage the agreements against them. More like, prepare to beg.

  • Truffol

    Samsung likely weighed their pros and cons before deciding to leak. If they estimated a certain amount of damages (should they be indicted) that they can live with, they’d have gone ahead and use the confidential information for R&D purposes. Simple math!

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