Samsung Electronics Co sought a court order to force Apple Inc to disclose iPhone and iPad models under development, claiming it needs the information to defend against allegations it copied Apple's products.
Samsung must see the final versions of the next-generation iPhone and iPad, which may be known as iPhone 5 and iPad 3, to "evaluate whether a likelihood of confusion exists" between new Samsung and Apple products that will probably go on sale about the same time, according to documents filed May 27 by Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung in San Jose, California, federal court.
Samsung is asking Apple to turn over the samples by June 13. Steve Park, a Seoul-based spokesman for Apple, declined to comment.
Samsung's request is part of a legal dispute between the two companies which began in April when Apple claimed Samsung's Galaxy products "slavishly" copied iPad and iPhone technology and design.
Samsung, which also supplies chips to Apple, countersued the Cupertino, California-based company in Seoul, Tokyo, Mannheim, Germany and the US.
Apple will likely seek a court order barring Samsung from selling future products and must be able to compare its devices in development to those of Apple, Samsung said in the court papers.
The case is Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co 11- cv-01846. US District Court for the Northern District of California.