Apple and Samsung can keep some information secret, Appeals Court rules

Neither Apple nor Samsung will be forced to reveal sensitive information when the two companies head back to court in November for the second round of their patent dispute. Judge Lucy Koh had originally ordered both companies to disclose certain information about sales and profits that Apple and Samsung wanted to keep private. Judge Koh's order was overruled by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, according to All Things D:

A U.S. appeals court ruled Friday that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh shouldn’t have ordered Apple and Samsung to disclose “exceptionally sensitive information” about their sales and profits. Koh maintained that the disclosure of such information was in the public interest, but the three-judge panel at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington disagreed.

The panel held that the information that would have been disclosed would not have been relevant to the case, and that curiosity was not a sufficient reason for such an order by Judge Koh. The disclosure would have quite possibly been harmful to the competitive interests of both Apple and Samsung. Last October, Judge Koh held that Apple could not expect to be paid billions of dollars as part of the judgment for Apple v Samsung and keep the data they used to reach that number a secret.

Of course, the NSA likely already knows, so why not simply ask them? (We kid, we kid, please don't come for us!)

Source: All Things D, Ars Technica