Samsung Demands Apple iPhone 4S Source Code

November 1, 2011, By Leo Xavier

Although Samsung is still into parts supply deals with Apple, it appears like the legal struggles between the two electronics giants are not going to end in the near future. Samsung has come out with their latest demand, the iPhone 4S source code.

This new move comes after Apple got the upper hand in the confrontation when they secured a sales ban against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.

Samsung’s lawyers asked the Australian court to order Apple to hand over the source code so that they can hunt for potential Apple patent infringement.


In case you missed everything, the legal battles started when Apple started accusing Samsung of copying the designs of their popular gadgets and filed lawsuits against the sales of Galaxy S phones and Galaxy Tab in Germany, Australia and other countries. Samsung fought back with lawsuits accusing Apple of violating technology patents.

Currently, the Korean manufacturer is seeking a ban of the iPhone 4S in Australia accusing that the device violates 3G patents and is demanding the source code of the device.

Apple has responded by saying that they will be waiting for advice before allowing Samsung access to the source code.

And the company also claimed that their use of the MDM6610 chip in the iPhone 4S is covered by Qualcomm’s licensing of wireless patents.

Meanwhile, demands from Samsung don’t end there. The company is also asking for details on Apple agreements with Vodafone, Opus and Telstra on subsidies.

According to Samsung counsel Cynthia Cochrane:

It goes to show that since the iPhone 3G was made available in Australia in July 2008, the impact on the market for every iPhone product has been significant, and has lead to a substantial increase … in market share by revenue. If subsidies are given for the iPhone 4S, there are less to go around for my client’s products”.

Justice Annabelle Bennett, who ordered the ban on sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country, is the same justice presiding over the iPhone 4S case. The case will continue on the 4th of this month. Stay tuned for updates on this matter.

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