Samsung ordered to show Apple unreleased phones, tablets

As part of Apple's ongoing look-and-feel -- aka copycat -- lawsuit against Samsung, Judge Lucy Koh has ordered Samsung to cough up some of the unreleased, but allegedly infringing devices to Apple's outside council for investigation.

"Although the Court expresses no opinion on the merits of Apple's claims, the Court notes that Apple has produced images of Samsung products and other evidence that provide a reasonable basis for Apple's belief that Samsung's new products are designed to mimic Apple's products."

"In particular, the design and appearance of Samsung's forthcoming products and packaging are directly relevant to Apple's trademark, trade dress, and design claims. Because these claims are subject to consumer confusion and "ordinary observer" standards, the products themselves and the packaging in which they are sold are likely to be central to any motion for preliminary injunction," the order reads.

The devices in question are Galaxy S2, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Infuse 4G, and Droid Charge.

Our question -- why couldn't Apple just read Android Central like everyone else?

[Courthouse News]