Apple and Samsung CEOs meeting to discuss patent settlements
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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