updated 10:01 am EDT, Wed July 18, 2012
Parties have one week to refile
US District Judge Lucy Koh has denied several requests by Apple and Samsung to keep some documents secret in the companies' upcoming trial, scheduled for July 30th, Reuters reports. In her ruling, Koh states that "it appears that the parties have overdesignated confidential documents and are seeking to seal information that is not truly sealable." Nevertheless, both parties have a week to refile their requests.
Apple and Samsung are likely attempting to keep patents and/or other trade secrets from being exposed to competitors, but Koh's order may stem from a belief that the companies have gone too far. In her response, she comments that "only documents of exceptionally sensitive information that truly deserve protection will be allowed to be redacted or kept from the public." Koh has been a controversial judge however, as some have argued that granting preliminary injunctions against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Nexus was improper. Samsung is appealing both actions.
Notably, Reuters itself is responsible for filing a motion on Tuesday looking to oppose Apple and Samsung's censorship. If some documents are kept under wraps, it may be difficult for news agencies to find many details to report until the trial comes to a conclusion.