The battle between Apple and Samsung is still ongoing in Australia with new applications lodged by both parties in the Federal Court. Samsung has also commenced action against the Australian Patents Office relating to the lodgement of new Apple patents, but it is a secrecy application that has everyone questioning what Apple wants to hide.Overnight Apple moved to keep secret financial documents containing what it called “trade secrets” private in its case against Samsung, and it wants to keep them secret while seeking millions in damages from Samsung. A US Judge has denied their request.
California’s Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple’s requests to have the secret financial documents sealed from public viewing.
Koh told Apple that it has to choose between continuing its pursuit of more damages, or keeping the documents secret.
She also said that Apple’s never-ending requests for more of Samsung’s money and bans on Samsung’s products “would have a profound effect on the smartphone industry, consumers, and the public.”
Recently Apple was awarded AU$1.03 billion in damages against Samsung by a US jury that was made up of people who live close to Apple’s US headquarters.
In their latest battle Apple told the court that the documents contain “product-specific unit sales, revenue, profit, profit margin, and cost data.”
Slashgear said that one has to wonder what exactly is in these documents that could be so damning to Samsung and so important for Apple to keep hidden.