Quinn defeats Mofo and WilmerHale in latest Apple-Samsung battle

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan client Samsung has won a major battle against Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) and WilmerHale client Apple after a US judge ordered the iPhone maker to show Samsung the details of its patent-sharing deal with HTC.

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Tim Cook, CEO Apple

According to the judgment in San Jose, California, Apple is to produce the unredacted document “without delay” and subject to an “Attorneys-Eyes-Only” after Samsung’s lawyers at Quinn Emanuel argued that the 10-year licensing agreement between Apple and HTC, which called a truce in an ongoing global patent battle last month, could contain patents that are central to its own dispute with Apple.

Details of the agreement, which will not be made public, are expected to be used by Samsung’s lawyers in a post-trial argument after Apple was awarded $1bn in damages against Samsung earlier this year (28 August 2012).

According to documents relating to the proceedings, the legal line-up remains as it did in August, with Charles Verhoeven of Quinn Emanuel leading a team for Samsung and San Francisco-based Harold McElhinny of MoFo representing Apple. The lead trial counsel for Apple is WilmerHale’s former co-managing partner William Lee.

The decision will come as a double blow to Apple, which was ordered to pay Samsung’s legal fees on an indemnity basis after a ruling in the UK last week (12 November 2012). Apple used Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Justin Watts while Samsung turned to Simmons & Simmons partner David Stone on that case.