Earlier this month District Court Judge Lucy Koh – the federal judge presiding over two Apple vs Samsung lawsuits in California – ordered the parties into an ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution’ effort. The May dates are much earlier than the original 90-day deadline that Koh had set, according to Foss Patents.
Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero, has scheduled this meeting and will oversee this settlement effort. He has asked both parties to submit a statement by May 9 that will include “a candid evaluation of the parties’ likelihood of prevailing on the claims and defenses”.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has recently made public statements would suggest that the company is open to negotiations with Samsung. He said last week during a quarterly earnings conference call that he would “highly prefer” to settle Apple’s lawsuits against its competitors, though he also voiced his commitment to protecting the company’s intellectual property.
Apple and Samsung are currently engaged in 50 lawsuits in 10 countries.