December 6, 2011 12:48 Age: 2 yrs

Holbrook quoted on Apple, Samsung Efforts to Seal Court Documents

Information inadvertently included in a California federal court ruling Friday in a case between Apple and Samsung didn’t contain revelations, but did shed light on the companies’ efforts to keep research and patent licensing relationships secret.

District Judge Lucy Koh’s ruling in Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. et al was filed with portions intended to be blacked out. Reuters obtained a copy before a redacted version was posted and asked Emory Law Professor Tim Holbrook to review the original document for an exclusive story filed Dec. 5

The redacted portions referred to licensing deals between Apple and other high-tech companies over one of its key patents.

“Issued in December 2008, the patent covers the method of scrolling documents and images on Apple's touch-screen devices,” the Reuters story said.

Holbrook, an expert on intellectual property law, said he found nothing shocking.

"Apple doesn't license much, and it could be that they don't want people to know who the licensees are," he said.

Related links:

Read the Reuters story

Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al

Professor Holbrook’s profile

 

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