Samsung lost out on a long ongoing lawsuit filed against them by Apple. Samsung was initially summoned by court to produce the requested documentation during the discovery process. But the company failed to respond in accordance to court orders and didn’t submit the necessary documents within the specified timeframe. The court had then summoned them twice and yet they failed to handover the documents after another two court orders.
Now finally Apple filed a case against patent infringement against Samsung and won the case after they disobeyed two consecutive court orders. US Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal acknowledged that Samsung is in a compressed case schedule with a number of claims at issue, but that wasn’t an excuse for not complying with court orders. The court has also served several monetary sanctions on Samsung abiding by Apple’s earlier requests.
The documents involved information regarding specific products made by Apple. The present stance of Apple on such infringement on the grounds of intellectual property was in doubt after the death of their CEO Steve Jobs, who was especially unforgiving in these matters and never relented from filing lawsuits. Tim Cook, the new head of Apple seemed to be not in the same league as their late CEO in this regard, but his stance of continued litigation cleared all doubts. He even stressed that they do not intend to be the developers of the world, but much rather want people to “invent their own stuff”.