Apple asks court to sanction Samsung for leaking word of secret patent license

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According to a filing made by Apple in the US District Court for the Northern District of California today, Samsung executives received some top secret information from Samsungs own attorneys. In the filing, Apple alleges that documents that were marked “Highly Confidential – Attorney’s Eyes Only”, which contained some information about an Apple-Nokia patent license, was handed to a few top officials at Samsung. The documents were not meant to be seen by anyone other than members of Samsung’s legal team.

A hearing has been set for October 22nd. However, before that date, Samsung executive Dr Seungho Ahn, who was one of the recipients of the unredacted confidential information, must sit for a deposition. He is likely to take a real grilling from Apple’s legal team, after apparently using the confidential information to gain better terms with Nokia during Samsung’s licensing negotiations.

“According to a declaration from Nokia’s Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Paul Melin, on June 4, 2013, in a meeting between Samsung and Nokia licensing executives, Dr. Seungho Ahn informed Nokia that the terms of the Apple-Nokia license were known to him. Specifically, according to Mr. Melin, Dr. Ahn stated that Apple had produced the Apple-Nokia license in its litigation with Samsung, and that Samsung’s outside counsel had provided his team with the terms of the Apple-Nokia license.

Mr. Melin recounts that to prove to Nokia that he knew the confidential terms of the Apple-Nokia license, Dr. Ahn recited the terms of the license, and even went so far as to tell Nokia that “all information leaks.” Mr. Melin also reports that Dr. Ahn and Samsung then proceeded to use his knowledge of the terms of the Apple- Nokia license to gain an unfair advantage in their negotiations with Nokia, by asserting that the Apple-Nokia terms should dictate terms of a Samsung-Nokia license.”-Apple’s filing with the U.S. District Court

Source – Phone Arena

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