Samsung requests Source Code to ban iPhone 4S sales in Australia
Samsung and Apple wars rage on as this time around the South Korean Giant is looking to get revenge in Aussie-Land. Samsung has requested the source code for iOS 5 firmware including Siri, and has also asked for details on Apple’s subsidy agreements with Australian carriers Vodafone, Optus and Telstra. This is a part of the ongoing Apple Vs Samsung Lawsuit that caused a denial of sales of the Galaxy Tab in Australia. Apple believes Samsung has no need to access the information, but the lawyers from Samsung argued that there are fewer subsidies available for Samsung’s products if subsidies are given for the iPhone 4S, and hence the information was critically important. The South Korean also said that the source code is important to ensure that Apple ins not infringing on patents.
“Based on the accompanying firmware, [an expert] can tell how the chips are working in the phones, To form a final view on whether patent 621 is infringed, [an expert] needs to see the documents that set out the source code for that firmware.”
-Samsung counsel Cynthia Cochrane
Apple had sued Samsung earlier this year in several parts of the world claiming that Samsung had produces copycat devices that infringed a multiple of Apple device design and software patents. Due to which Apple was successful in lowering and banning sales of various Samsung devices in countries like Netharlands, Germany and Australia.