Apple and Samsung have been at each others throats for what feels like years now, and if you didn't hear, just recently Apple settled with HTC over patents - and now Samsung want the details of this settlement.
On Friday, the South Korean device maker asked a court to force Apple to provide them with a copy of the HTC deal, where they argued that the deal most likely covers some of the patents covered in their own case against Apple. Samsung wrote in their filing with the court:
As you know, the issue of Apple's willingness to license its patents was briefed in Samsung's opposition to Apple's motion for permanent injunction. This license has direct bearing on the question of irreparable harm and whether monetary remedies are adequate.
Samsung already know of at least two patents that Apple used against HTC in their legal battle, and these two patents were also used against Samsung. The company wants to know whether they were Apple's top tier patents, you know, the ones that Apple stated in court they were unwilling to license, especially to competitors. During the testimony of the Apple vs Samsung trial, Apple's Director of Patent Licensing and Strategy, Boris Teksler, said:
These patents are Apple's unique user experience intellectual property. They're the ones that make our brand identity and keep competitive us in the marketplace.
This would mean that if Apple did in fact license those patents to HTC, they have have inadvertently given Samsung more ammo to combat Apple's request for a permanent ban on US sales for some of their products. You go, Samsung!