Apple Wins Discovery Ruling in Samsung Infringement Suit
April 23 (Bloomberg) -- A judge agreed with some of Apple Inc.'s claims that Samsung Electronics Co. violated court orders in a patent-infringement case by failing to produce documents referencing Apple features and designs.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal in San Jose, California, today ruled that Samsung had failed to comply with court orders.
"The scale of Samsung's production and the burden placed on it by the compressed case schedule and the numerous claims at issue are not in doubt," Grewal wrote in the order. "That burden, however, does not negate Samsung's obligation to comply with no fewer than two court orders specifying the production of documents that reference Apple's products."
In its lawsuit, Apple claims that Samsung's 4G smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer, among other products, infringe its patents. In December, District Judge Lucy Koh of San Jose ruled against Apple's request to block Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung from selling that phone and tablet in the U.S. That order followed an Australian court ruling lifting an injunction on the tablet there.
Samsung, which was the world's largest seller of smartphones last year, and Cupertino, California-based Apple have filed at least 30 lawsuits against each other on four continents since April 2011.
Adam Yates, a Samsung spokesman, didn't immediately return phone or e-mail messages after regular business hours seeking comment on the ruling.
The case is Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., 11-01846, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).
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