Last year, Apple sued Samsung, claiming copyright and patent infringement. The trial is scheduled to happen July 30th. Often, in these type of intellectual property disputes, the parties involved will ask that their patents be submitted sealed, as to not leak the nature of the patents to the public. Both Apple and Samsung had asked for their documents to be sealed in this case, but a US court has rejected their requests.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, has rejected Apple and Samsung’s request to keep their documents sealed. Judge Koh said, “It appears that the parties have overdesignated confidential documents and are seeking to seal information that is not truly sealable.“, and that, “only documents of exceptionally sensitive information that truly deserve protection will be allowed to be redacted or kept from the public.”
It would seem that the judge has a differing opinion on just how sensitive the documents are, from Apple and Samsung. The court has already sided with Apple, keeping the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Phone from being sold in US. Samsung is appealing the order.