The legal battle between tech giants Samsung and Apple Inc. has reached a new level, as the former seeks lawyers for Apple off the case.
According to tech website CNET (opens in new tab), the South Korean electronics manufacturer has filed a petition with the District Court for the Northern District of California in the United States, urging removal of some of the attorneys at Bridges & Mavrakakis law firm from Apple’s litigation case against the company.
Samsung has alleged that few of the external lawyers hired by Apple have worked with it earlier and thus, face an obvious conflict of interest as per the California Rule of Professional Conduct.
"At least five of the ten attorneys at the firm of Bridges & Mavrakakis represented Samsung on patent litigation matters that are substantially related to the case at hand. Collectively, these attorneys spent almost 9,000 hours, including time spent earlier this year”, reads the 20 page long petition filed by Samsung.
According to the details, the lawyers represented Samsung to fight a copyright infringement case against Sony Ericsson and are aware of the company’s internal team of attorneys, their potential, pressure areas and insight.
Samsung is fighting a legal case file against it by Apple Inc. for infringing upon company’s iPhone and iPad patents to develop their range of Smartphones.