Samsung, Apple rumored to be in settlement talks

Samsung, Apple

In what may be the first step on a long road towards a truce between Apple and Samsung, reports out of Korea suggest that the two warring mobile giants have agreed to begin talks to settle their patent disputes out of court. Sources "directly involved with the matter," talking to The Korea Times, said "Samsung has recently resumed working-level discussions with Apple and the key issue is how to dismiss all lawsuits."

"Some more time will be needed to fix terms of details such as royalty payments in return for using patents owned by each before reaching a full agreement," the quoted source continues. "Some more time will be needed to fix terms of details such as royalty payments in return for using patents owned by each before reaching a full agreement."

The latest verdict in the firms' ongoing legal battle, which awarded $120 million to Apple, but also found the Cupertino company guilty of infringing some Samsung patents, apparently nudged the two closer to the negotiating table. Earlier this year Judge Lucy Koh ordered the companies' CEOs to meet and try to come to a truce, however no agreement was reached. With the two now possibly entering talks of their own accord, there's a chance these discussions may be more fruitful.

The news of possible settlement talks comes days after Motorola Mobility and Apple agreed to end their patent disputes.

Source: The Korea Times

Alex Dobie

Alex is based in the UK. An editor for Android Central, he moonlights here only for matter of extreme urgency. And fun.

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scottfwalter says:

I'm hopefully for a truce, but didn't they try a couple times to come to some sort of settlement before?

Taz89 says:

Yep they did but considering the last court didn't really award much to either party from what they were expecting ie apple got 120million out of 2.2billion they wanted and Samsung only got 100,000 out of 30 million so let's hope they thinking this is just a waste of time going to court if the return isn't much and returns are more likely to be higher if they settled with one another. I'm sure they both getting tired of this too, I know most of the tech world is. Just license like every other company. Seems like Apple just want to settle and make money off android just like how Microsoft do. I think Microsoft make billion + on licensing each year which is guaranteed so I think if apple go the same route they are better off getting a billion+ year too where as in court there's all this headache and a large payout is not a sure thing. Ideally apple wanted injunction and have been trying for years but that seems like never to happen.
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khobia2 says:

If this is true I'll bet this was part of Samscum's game plan from the get go. Truce is good but can you trust the Korean shyster.

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Taz89 says:

Plan all along for what? Licensing is how it's always been in the industry

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Carioca32 says:

Just a reminder, there were patent infringements from both sides.