Samsung Wants to See iOS Source Code for Notification Center

Korea Times reported that Samsung has joined a growing chorus of companies who want a peak at the source code for iOS. Apple says “that’ insane”, but eventually Apple might have to comply with the request—if a court orders them to.

In this case Samsung wants a peek into iOS 6 to show that Apple used one of its patents in Notification Center. Google and Motorola also want Apple to cough up the goods and Apple had promised to do so, I guess they just keep conveniently forgetting to do it.

Of course is hesitant to turn over iOS (and OS X) source code. Those are part of the “secret sauce” that make Apple products special. It’s a double-edged sword isn’t it though? The source code could show that Apple didn’t infringe on the patents, but that also means Google, Motorola, and Samsung get a peek inside and could steal things of their own. Sure that would spawn more lawsuits, but that might be a risk worth taking. On the other hand the source code could show that Apple did infringe on the patents and Samsung, et al. still could steal things for themselves.

This isn’t just being caught between a rock and a hard place, it’s being caught between a rock and a hard place with an avalanche of rocks coming down.

Via: TechCrunch

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  • Jem1812

    Neither IOS or OSX are so special that a peak at the source code for a tiny portion of their software would shift the balance of smart phone sales. Of course the courts would find a mediator, or neutral third party, to look at the code on behalf of Samsung if they are successful.

  • Pacomacman

    The source code is Apples intellectual property and I think only an independent third party should be able to see the source code, certainly not a competitor. Software patents should be banned, how can companies innovate when they are constantly being challenged at every turn?

    • Tris Hussey

      I think that’s the best option possible.

    • bcsc

      Just think about how much time the courts would have to refocus on criminals and other dirtbags if they weren’t wasting their time in patent litigation. Locking up rapists faster vs debating validity of notification center. Seems like a solid idea to me.

  • Dave

    They don’t have to give over the entire source code just the framework for notification center, plus an independent company hired by Samsung/google can perform the analysis. This has been done several times with Microsoft lawsuits

    • Dave

      Never mind, another posting said the same thing

  • razielpr

    I’m sure they are hiding something when they don’t want to show the source code.

  • Yang

    its do the same?