Within the next 90 days, Apple and Samsung will meet under the court to discuss the two companies’ everlasting patent issues.
FOSS Patents reports (via MacRumors) that the chief executives, along with their general counsels, of Apple and Samsung will meet together sometime in the next 90 days to discuss the mutual issues that the two respective companies have been facing between one another.
As directed by the Court, Apple and Samsung are both willing to participate in a Magistrate Judge Settlement Conference with Judge Spero as mediator. At Apple, the chief executive officer and general counsel are the appropriate decision-makers, and they will represent Apple during the upcoming settlement discussions. At Samsung, the chief executive officer and general counsel are also the appropriate decision-makers, and they will represent Samsung during these settlement discussions.
The talks, as we’ve mentioned above, are mandated by the court and will take place in a courthouse under the supervision of a judge. However, they’re “semi-voluntary” meaning the court has the power to solely summon the two companies to talk; they can in no way pressure Apple or Samsung to come to a resolution over their continued patent disputes.
If you don’t know the history between the two companies, Apple first sued Samsung for blatantly copying iOS devices as a whole. Apple accused Samsung of replicating the iPhone‘s and iPad‘s general shape, their UI and also the two products’ packaging with Samsung’s line of Galaxy tablets and phones. To counter this, Samsung counter-sued Apple in South Korea, Japan and Germany claiming that the Cupertino-based company infringed patents related to mobile-communications technologies. Following these lawsuits, a federal judge ordered Samsung to send Apple five of its unreleased phones that allegedly copied the iPhone and iPad to determine whether or not they would seek early injunction. Samsung retaliated by demanding that Apple hand over their next-generation iOS devices, which was rejected by the courts. It will be interesting to see if the two companies will be able to reach an amicable settlement.
The ironic part of this whole situation is that Apple is Samsung’s biggest customer despite their strained relationship in recent months. Though Apple has made an attempt to reduce its dependence on Samsung, the South Korean company still supplies Apple with some of the critical components for the iPhone and the iPad.
Apple will be represented by CEO Tim Cook and general counsel Bruce Sewell, while Samsung’s CEO Gee-Sung Choi will be present among other representatives from the company.