Apple and Samsung CEOs meeting to discuss patent settlements

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Apple and Samsung CEOs will be meeting in San Francisco within the next 90 days to hopefully put an end to their ongoing patent feud. This was partially forced by Northern District of California judge Lucy Koh, who ordered that both parties reexamine their availability for Alternative Dispute Resolution. Both want to look like they're being cooperative (even if they're not), so of course they've agreed to talk with a judge overseeing things. Samsung and Apple said in a joint statement:

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.

Samsung and Apple have been duking it out the world over for years over patents, and there's little reason to believe that they would stop now. Apple claims to have negotiated in good will before entering into their litigation, but after having to fend off Samsung in Germany over some particularly important 3G patents, I doubt they're going to be in a particularly cooperative mood. What do you think the odds are of Samsung and Apple settling at this point? Who would end up on top otherwise?

Source: FOSS Patents

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Apple and Samsung CEOs meeting to discuss patent settlements


"Claims to have negotiated in good will?"
Is that what you call it when you repeat the same threat multiple times?

I hope Apple stands their ground and doesn't give these theirs anything! You can't take a bite out the APPLE with out getting bite back!

Hopefully this will bring an end to the patent wars and the companies can get back to innovating and competing with great products. There's no reason Android and Samsung can't peacefully co-exist in the marketplace.
Let's put the fanboy flame wars aside and just enjoy the products these companies give us. They each have their strengths and weaknesses, it comes down to choice. I'm an Android user and I wouldn't want Sammy or Google having a monopoly in the marketplace. Same for Apple.
Its long past time for a ceasefire.
Full disclosure - I have a Galaxy Nexus (VZW), an iPhone 4S (Sprint), an Acer Iconia A500 running ICS (Wifi) and the new iPad (Wifi). There are things I like and dislike about each of them.
Tablet apps on Android aren't as strong as iOS, but not as bad as they are made out to be. Lack of widgets and Flash on the new iPad seems like a waste of screen real estate.
Can iOS fans and Android fans start displaying some civility without letting bias get in the way? We all love tech - we should be unified, not divided. There is plenty to love about both platforms/ecosystems.
Let's discuss them on their merits rather than bash them because of all these copying/first arguements. They are similar only in that they other have touch interfaces and app/movie/music ecosystems.
Let's have some civil conversation instead of flame wars at every turn.

Sorry, meant Android/Samsung and iOS/Apple peacefully coexisting.
I just really hate seeing our communities descend into bashing each other. Is it too much to ask for thoughtful discussion? We all have more in common than we have differences.
I sucked up my pride and bought an iPhone and iPad and still regularly use both. I encourage iOS users to give Android a fair shake . I decided to with the iOS ecosystem/devices and I happen to like, and dislike, things about both.

No it wasn't. If we switched from iMore to TiPb, instead of the other way around, how many people would have loved that idea? :)

Hm the CEO and chief counsel two of the world's largest companies are meting with a judge to talk settlement. I don't think that this is just posing. You anger the judge a lot more by agreeing to participate, then being intransigent, than by refusing to participate because you don't want to settle. You don't have to settle, but you have to be reasonable when you're at one of these conferences.
The judge will likely turn the screws on these guys, and all of these guys have better things to do than waste their whole day in a conference room at the courthouse. I'd say theres a reasonable chance of a settlement coming out of the meeting. Given that Apple and Samsung have an important supplier relationship, I'm surprised that this is still in litigation.

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