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Samsung must hand over sales data to Apple

Firm is dealt another blow in court
Wed Jan 02 2013, 14:54
Apple iPhone fighting Samsung Galaxy SIII

KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung has been ordered to hand over its smartphone sales data to Apple.

According to Bloomberg, US District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled on Tuesday that Samsung may not keep its sales figures secret from Apple. Judge Koh said that Samsung must hand over sales figures for certain devices from its Galaxy phones lineup, although it's still unclear to which devices she was referring.

We do know, however, that the figures handed over must include the total number of units sold during particular time periods relating to Apple and Samsung's patent dispute.

This will be a blow to Samsung, as Judge Koh's ruling denied the firm's earlier request to keep the information secret and granted Apple's request to see the information following a jury verdict in its favour for $1.05bn in damages.

Not everything went in Apple's favour, though, as Samsung's request to delay revealing per-unit operating profit for two of its smartphones was granted, even though Koh denied the firm's request to delay handing over sales figures until its appeal goes before the US Federal Circuit court.

Neither Samsung nor Apple have responded yet to our requests for comment. µ


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