Samsung is Digging Up Dirt on Apple

Samsung has filed a court motion asking Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) to reveal the details of its recent ten-year licensing and settlement deal with HTC, a move that could change the course of the legal disagreement between the two smartphone leaders.

The Korean company wants Apple to reveal whether the HTC agreement covered its entire patent portfolio. According to Reuters, if Apple included its user experience intellectual properties, patents that have apparently never been licensed, the iPhone maker’s bid for an injunction against Samsung’s products may be weakened. Apple patent licensing director Boris Teksler had earlier called this specific collection “untouchables.”

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Samsung wants to be able to prove that since Apple was open to accepting monetary compensation for these patents, an injunction against its infringing products was not the only solution. “As you know, the issue of Apple’s willingness to license its patents was briefed in Samsung’s opposition to Apple’s motion for permanent injunction,” Samsung lawyer Robert Becher wrote in the filing. “This license has direct bearing on the question of irreparable harm and whether monetary remedies are adequate.”

According to a separate motion, Apple was reportedly deciding whether to reveal the HTC deal details willingly. “Apple continues to consider Samsung’s request for the HTC agreement, but notes that it will need to seek HTC’s consent to produce the agreement,” Apple lawyer Richard Hung wrote in the filing. If Apple decides to fight Samsung’s motion, it will need to file its opposition by November 20. The two are headed back to court on December 6 to consider Apple’s request to permanently ban several Samsung devices in the U.S. and the Korean company’s motion to get the entire August jury decision thrown out.

Several experts have suggested that the Apple-HTC deal may eventually serve as a blueprint for the iPhone maker’s patent-related conflicts with Samsung and other Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android rivals. While Apple and HTC had been involved in several different disputes for the last two years, the agreement effectively ended all their cases against each other.

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