Electronic Devices, Including Mobile Phones, Tablet Computers, and Components Thereof, 337-TA-1038 (ITC May 11, 2017, Order) (Bullock, ALJ)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Apple Ordered to Produce Discovery Regarding Unreleased Products and Prototypes
The ALJ granted complainant's motion to compel respondent to produce documents regarding unreleased products and prototypes expected to be imported before the conclusion of the evidentiary hearing. "The Commission routinely grants discovery with respect to future products. [Respondent] contends that it should be the exception to this rule, as [it] 'takes significant measures in an effort to maintain absolute secrecy over the details of its unreleased products under development.' As the undersigned has previously noted, however, [respondent] is not unique in wanting to preserve the confidentiality of its unannounced products. Additionally, a party is not permitted to unilaterally withhold discovery due to confidentiality concerns. The proper procedure for addressing such concerns is through a motion for a protective order. Notably, [respondent] has not made such a motion here."