In what is seen as the latest development in the ongoing legal war between Apple and Samsung, the Cupertino tech giant is said to have thrown a tantrum after being ordered to reveal details about its patent deal with HTC to Samsung. The company has reportedly sought the addition of six more products to the patent lawsuit against Samsung.
Last week, a U.S. judge ordered Apple to disclose information about its patent deal with HTC to Samsung that could help the South Korean tech giant in its legal battle against Apple to stop a potential sales ban in the U.S.
It was U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal, who accepted Samsung's motion and ordered Apple to produce documents designated as "attorney-eyes-only,” the Wall Street Journal has reported.
"Many third parties to this case have had their licensing agreements disclosed subject to an attorneys-eyes-only designation because the confidential financial terms were clearly relevant to the dispute between Apple and Samsung," court documents stated.
As noted by the Atlantic Wire, it seems that Apple has thrown a bit of tantrum in response to that ruling and has sought addition of a bunch of new devices to the list of Samsung products, which they want to be taken off the shelves for infringing patents.
Reuters has reported that Apple asked a federal court to add six more Samsung devices to its patent infringement lawsuit against the company that include the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S 3, running the new Android "Jelly Bean" operating system, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, the Samsung Rugby Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S 3 Mini.
"Apple has acted quickly and diligently to determine that these newly-released products do infringe many of the same claims already asserted by Apple," the company stated in a court filing.
This is one of the two patent infringement lawsuits currently pending in the U.S. District Court in San Jose by Apple against Samsung. In an earlier lawsuit, Apple was awarded $1.05 billion in a jury verdict against Samsung on Aug. 24.
In February 2012, Apple filed the second lawsuit, claiming that a number of Samsung smartphones and tablets including the Galaxy Nexus infringed eight of its patents. However, Samsung denied the charge and filed a counter lawsuit alleging that Apple’s iPhone and iPad infringed eight of its patents, Reuters has reported.