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Samsung seeks court documents

SAN FRANCISCO — Samsung Electronics Co. Tuesday asked a US judge to allow it to use documents from its patent-infringement case against Apple Inc. in California for litigation pending between the companies in Japan.

Samsung told US Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal in San Jose, Calif., that it needs information exchanged between the companies in his court to contest the validity of Apple’s patents at issue in cases pending in Japan.

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Samsung seeks any documents concerning iPhone sales before June 29, 2007, as well as the actual device introduced as evidence, according to a court filing. Samsung also wants the iPhone that Apple founder Steve Jobs used when he introduced the device at his Jan. 9, 2007, MacWorld presentation.

Samsung’s request should be denied because it is ‘‘attempting an end-run around the discovery procedures of the Japanese courts,” Apple said in a court filing.

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