KOREAN HARDWARE FIRM Samsung has dropped one of its you sued us so we'll sue you legal actions against Apple and is happy not to have an early look at its prototype devices.
The company had argued that it was perfectly reasonable that it should be party to information, to the level of actual hardware, about new Apple gadgets, but now it can't be bothered anymore.
The firm has dropped the case "to streamline the legal proceedings", according to Nam Ki Yung, a spokesman for the firm who was interviewed by Bloomberg. He added that, "Samsung will continue to actively defend and protect our intellectual property", in case anyone was wondering.
The decision might have been influenced by a judge who was pretty unimpressed by the arguments so far and said that Samsung was being unreasonable in its demands.
"The new iPad 2 was introduced a mere three months ago. Thus, Samsung's contention its new tablet products are likely to be encountered alongside a next-generation iPad is quite speculative and Apple's decision to focus on infringement of the iPad 2 appears reasonable," wrote Judge Lucy Koh.
"Common sense suggests allegations of copying are necessarily directed at Apple's existing products, to which Samsung has access and could potentially mimic, and not at Apple's unreleased, inaccessible, next-generation products." µ
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