During a court session yesterday judge Annabelle Bennett heard Samsung and Apple argue back and forth regarding patent licenses: Samsung claims Apple refused to license three patents for 3G wireless data transmission, while Apple says it did offer to pay Samsung a licensing, but was denied.
Bennett called the bickering to a halt, throwing her hands up in the air frustratedly, before addressing both parties.
“Why on earth are these proceedings going ahead?” Bennett asked. “It’s just ridiculous. … Why shouldn’t I order the parties to mediation?”
But court-ordered mediation has not worked for the companies in the past, as both brands battle each other in numerous patent cases around the world. More recently in the US Apple and Samsung were forced into mediation settlement talks to resolve the patent dispute, an effort that failed to achieve an outcome as the parties now prepare to go to trial on July 30.
What do you think – should the Australian Federal Court enforce mediation between Apple and Samsung?
For more details on the patent case in Australia between Apple and Samsung, see here.