Apple’s legal team has filed two motions in an effort to prevent Samsung from disclosing confidential sales summaries for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, as well as buyer surveys. Samsung’s attorneys allegedly plan on using this documentation when they cross-examine Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Philip Schiller today.
“Without further action, these highly confidential exhibits will be publicly disclosed causing severe harm to Apple,” Apple’s legal team wrote to Judge Lucy Koh, who is presiding over the case, CNET said.
Apple’s lawyers believe it was unfair that Samsung revealed it would use the exhibits only hours in advance. This court case has already resulted in the disclosure of confidential documentation that revealed prototypes of Apple’s iPhone and iPad.
Apple goes to great lengths to maintain its veil of secrecy. In one notable incident, the company sent security agents to the home of a man believed to have been in possession of a lost iPhone prototype. The device was never found and the search resulted in accusations that Apple employees impersonated San Francisco police officers.
If Judge Koh allows Samsung to use these confidential documents as evidence, Apple’s lawyers will request a five-day stay in order to “seek relief.”