You delight in laying down laws,
Yet you delight more in breaking them.
Like children playing by the ocean who build sand-towers with constancy and then destroy them with laughter.But while you build your sand-towers the ocean brings more sand to the shore,
And when you destroy them, the ocean laughs with you.

In April, Apple sued Samsung over the “look and feel” of the Galaxy phones and tablets.
Yesterday, Samsung filed a motion asking Apple to turn over the iPhone 5 and iPad 3.

The company said that it is as a part of the discovery process. With another meaning Samsung claims that it needs to see Apple’s future products because devices like the Droid Charge and Galaxy Tab 10.1 will presumably be in the market at the same time as the iPhone 5 and iPad 3, and Samsung wants to evaluate any possible similarities so they can prepare for further potential legal action from Apple.

Samsung’s asking for a court order requiring Apple to produce “the final, commercial versions” of the next-generation iPhone and iPad and their respective packaging by June 13, 2011, so it can evaluate whether there’ll be confusion between Samsung and Apple’s future products. If the final versions aren’t available, Samsung wants “the most current version of each to be produced instead.

Samsung says “fundamental fairness” requires Apple to give up its future products, since Samsung had to do the same. Tellingly, Samsung doesn’t reference any precedent or law to bolster this line of argument — it’s basically just asking the court to be nice.

The move comes just a few days after the judge ordered Samsung to hand over pre-production samples of the Droid Charge, Infuse 4G, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 so Apple could determine if those products should also be part of the lawsuit and potentially file a motion to block them from the market.

The key difference between the two requests is that Samsung had already announced its products, while Apple has maintained its traditional iron silence about future devices.

The full breakdown of Samsung’s latest request can be read over at This Is My Next. After Apple’s initial lawsuit, Samsung fired back with countersuits in Europe and Asia, as well as in the United States.
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