We reported earlier that Apple was interested in a settlement with Samsung. Now, many Big shots at Apple and Samsung are set meet later this month, to discuss a possible settlement to the ongoing patent war which has seen minor casualties on both sides, but has failed to produce an outright winner.
A new report has claimed that the upcoming mediation will take place on 21 May and 22 May 2012, starting on each day at 9:30 AM.
The court-moderated settlement talk aims to seek an alternative dispute resolution to the more than fifty lawsuits the two technology giants have filed against each other in little more than a year in courts of different countries.
Apple is Samsung’s biggest buyer of components. It will be represented by CEO Tim Cook. He will engage in talks with Samsung CEO Gee-Sung Chog.
Patent expert Florian Müeller, commented on this issue in his his own blog FOSS Patents:
The meetings will take place in a San Francisco courthouse, while the litigation itself is before the San Jose division of the court. With Oracle v. Google, it was just the opposite: the case is currently being tried in San Francisco, but court-ordered settlement talks took place in San Jose.
Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero, who is not directly involved with the lawsuit, will be overseeing the negotiations, according to FOSS Patents. Unfortunately, the mediation and statements from these talks will apparently remain confidential.
Apple once referred to Samsung in court documents as “the copyist”. The South Korean tech giant retaliated by likening Apple customers to sheep in the Galaxy S III teaser video. A series of Galaxy S II commercials also indirectly spoofed Apple by painting those who would wait in the line for a new iPhone in unfavorable light. The video of one such commercial is here:
Tim Cook asserted during a recent conference call with Wall Street investors that he would rather settle, hinting he was not fond of a “thermonuclear” option that late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs so fiercely pursued.
A recent Bloomberg story pointed out that Cook was seeking ways to settle the long-standing patent dispute as he deemed litigation a “necessary evil”.
Later in May, Cook will also open the annual All Things Digital technology conference, which will take place from 29 May – 31 May 2012 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak made a point recently by saying that successful corporations like Apple and Facebook were started by young thinkers with bold new ideas who did not have to deal with today’s messy patent issues.
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