Apple and Samsung CEOs agree to mediation

Apple and Samsung CEOs agree to mediation

Summary: Apple and Samsung have agreed to attend a mediation session before they head to court in March over smartphone patents.

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Reuters reports that the CEOs of Apple and Samsung have agreed to attend a mediation session on or before February 19, ahead of a courtroom battle over smartphone patents scheduled for March.

Apple's and Samsung's legal teams met on January 6 to "discuss settlement opportunities," according to a legal brief revealed by Reuters. The document disclosed that Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook and Samsung Electronics CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon have agreed to attend a mediation session with only in-house lawyers in tow.

Apple and Samsung have gone to trial twice in as many years and juries have awarded Apple a total of $930 million. Reuters notes that Apple paid its law firm $60 million in legal fees to file patent litigation against Samsung.

The mediation could result in a settlement or a possible licensing agreement between the tech titans that could head off a larger, and more expensive legal battle in March. Pending a settlement, Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will be heard in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (docket 11-1846) over Apple's claims that Samsung infringed its patents.

Topics: Apple, Legal, Samsung

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  • When will they sue Nokia then

    My old Symbian phones had a grid of icons, a mixture of icon styles and colourful icons. I can't remember whether the icons were rounded rectangles though. It definitely had a bottom row of controls though, one above each button.
    DJL64
  • When will they sue Nokia then

    My old Symbian phones had a grid of icons, a mixture of icon styles and colourful icons. I can't remember whether the icons were rounded rectangles though. It definitely had a bottom row of controls though, one above each button.
    DJL64
    • Do you mean

      when will Nokia sue Apple?
      kingkong88@...
  • Rounded

    Symbian icons had rounded corners but not quite as rounded as in OS6.

    If you look at some of the early PalmOS devices these were arranged in regimented grids and the icons were very flat. There were even 4 fixed icons at the bottom acting as buttons, though there were arranged round the input pad. If Palm had not needed the input pad then I am sure they'd have used a single line.

    The trouble here is that there only so many ways you can usefully present icons.
    dcarmi
  • There's the outside chance...

    that someone will ask the other party to increase their prices.
    trm1945
  • This is amazing...

    One should not be able to patent "look'n'feel", software designed GUIs. This is why Apple lost a suit against MS back in the day.
    Ghest
    • So....

      You are saying just because Apple LOST a legal battle [to Microsoft] "Look and feel" cases should be tossed? Would you say the same if Apple won?
      Gisabun
  • What are medics busy with?

    Guys are discussing who owns the grid, the idea of difference and the notion of a row. We must help them and their souls. Even if our modern medicines are ineffective, the old proven chains and fire cannot fail.
    gak@...
  • Jeez

    These patent things are a joke. So exactly who has the rights to make a phone button look like a phone button? Maybe the estate of Alexander Graham Bell should take them both to court over the way they use the icon.
    Gisabun