An error in a U.S. court on Friday (2) offered a glimpse of information that Apple and Samsung Electronics tried to hide from the public during their patent litigation.
The material gives the impression of being less important for what it says about the companies than it reveals about the efforts to keep the proceedings secret.
In denying the application for the Apple Samsung to stop selling its Galaxy smartphones and tablets in the United States, the decision of U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh inadvertently included details that would omit.
The judge’s staff quickly realized the mistake, closed the electronic document and put an edited version four hours later.
The full version, which Reuters obtained while the publication was available, it shows the inner workings of the technical iPad – or anything close. Instead, the analysis contained within the company on the smartphone market, as well as some details about the relations of the Apple patent licensing with other technology companies.
The process, which was filed by Apple in April in federal court in San Jose, Calif., says the Galaxy, Samsung’s copy “slavishly” the iPhone and the iPad. The South Korean manufacturer claims that Apple’s claim lacks merit.
The case is tried next year. The decision Friday means that Samsung can continue selling the products for now.