Apple, Samsung CEOs in mediation talks today

Macworld Australia Staff
21 May, 2012
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The CEOs of tech giants Apple and Samsung will meet head-to-head in a San Francisco federal courthouse today for mediation to try and resolve ongoing patent litigation.

Apple’s Tim Cook and Samsung’s Choi Gee-sung will participate in the court-ordered mediation, supervised by a judge, with each party permitted to bring along their respective legal teams.

The session will address the lawsuits initiated by Apple accusing Samsung of copying their flagship iPhone and iPad designs through products running on Google’s Android operating system, to which Samsung has counter-sued, arguing that it was Apple that had infringed its patents and not the other way around.

The  companies – both leading manufacturers of high-end smartphones and tablets – are long-time rivals in business, with numerous cases between the two erupting in courthouses around the world.

The US federal court’s alternative dispute resolution program – an approach that is increasingly favoured by courts in cases involving intellectual property disputes such as this – has been nominated by the court as the best approach to resolve the ongoing feud. Last week Apple and HTC were ordered into talks by a District of Delaware judge.

On Sunday a Samsung executive in Seoul,who will be present at the mediation talks, indicated that the company wanted resolve its differences with Apple, according to a report by Reuters.

“There is still a big gap in the patent war with Apple but we still have several negotiation options including cross-licensing,” Samsung mobile division chief JK Shin said.

The high-profile case will go to trial at the end of July this year in San Jose, California. Apple and Samsung categorically deny the allegations of patent infringement.

We’ll keep you updated on the outcome of the mediation as we learn more. In the meantime, what are your thoughts – will Apple and Samsung finally be able to resolve the matter? Sound off in the comments section below.


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