In a strange twist, both Apple and Samsung want to limit information released by court.
The battle between Apple and Samsung has been playing out all over the world. It seems like the battle in a Northern California court room may be the most important battle during the war which is raging between the 2 companies. This one seems to have some very strange twists and turns to it. And last week, it seems that both parties presented requests to the court which were very similar in nature. This was to have the court limit what information it releases to the public as part of the ongoing court activities. This was strange to see both parties asking for the same thing.
While the court denied most of request, they will allow for some redacting of information to protect some proprietary information. But, it is the information which they want to protect beyond that which has them both acting in unison on this request. It is rather strange where they have had an extremely high profile and public display in the press to see them now both want to restrict information. Based on a report from Reuters on the motion, the Judge feels they are asking way too much of the court.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, wrote that “it appears that the parties have overdesignated confidential documents and are seeking to seal information that is not truly sealable.”
It seems that the press wants to see the information which Samsung and Apple are trying to restrict. And as a result, the legal challenges begin. Whether the press will be able to see much of what Samsung and Apple wish to hide is not known.
Obviously, Samsung and Apple can file an appeal with the court, which Judge Koh has given them until this week to complete. Unless the companies can come up with very compelling reason for the Judge to reverse the current decision, information which both of them would rather not see the light of day will be revealed. In the event that the court is not will to change the current ruling, we may see a settlement between Samsung and Apple in order to prevent the release of information to the public.