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.

Apple and Samsung CEOs agree to mediation - Jason O'Grady
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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


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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