Apple Denies Samsung Access To iOS 6 Source Code In Korea

In an ongoing patent infringement case between Apple and Samsung in Korea’s Seoul Central District Court, Apple has denied Samsung’s request to share the iOS 6 source code, reports The Korea Times (via TechCrunch). According to the publication, Samsung believes that without looking into iOS 6, it can’t judge whether Apple’s software infringes its technology patents.


Samsung claims to have been infringed are related to the function that allows iPhone users to check updated messages, weather information and schedules by swiping the upper-end of the screen. The report notes that Motorola and Google have also asked for the iOS 6 source code but Apple has denied the request calling it “insane” and arguing that it makes no sense for Apple to give up its “most important data”.

“It doesn’t’ make any sense. Samsung is saying that we should give up protecting our most important data,” court officials recalled Apple lawyers as saying. The court requested Apple to have its software designers and engineers testify, but the American technology giant refused.

“The court has yet to decide whether to accept Samsung’s request,” a court official told The Korea Times, requesting anonymity.

“Apple lawyers said that the issue was a complicated technical matter but nonetheless accused Samsung of claiming ownership of a technology that was already widely in use,” said the court official.

Yesterday, the U.S. International Trade Commission decided to review an earlier decision that found Samsung products infringed on four patents owned by Apple, after repeated requests from the Korean company.