Apple and Samsung CEOs agree to mediation session before court battle

Apple and Samsung are going to try to settle their legal differences with each other before another court battle between the two big tech companies happens in March. Reuters reports that in court filings this week, Apple and Samsung have agreed to sit down in a mediation session on or before February 19th.

The court documents also confirmed previous rumors that the legal teams of the two companies had met on Monday to "discuss settlement opportunities". The upcoming mediation session will be attended by Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon, along with their in-house lawyers.

If the session fails to reach a settlement, it's back to a U.S. court room as Apple will try to convince a jury that Samsung continues to violate its patents in its newest products like the Galaxy S4. In August 2012, a jury ruled that Samsung did infringe on Apple's patents in a number of older devices. The jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05 billion.

US District Court Judge Lucy Koh later ruled that a new trial must be held after cutting about $450 million from that judgement, due to a " ... impermissible legal theory on which the jury based its award ...". The retrial in November 2013 saw Apple as the victor again and Samsung was ordered to pay the company a total of $888 million.

Source: Reuters | Mediation image via Shutterstock

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FalseAgent said,
Apple: "Will you pay?"
Samsung: "No."

*goes to trial*

Apple's lawyers : Will you pay?.
Samsung's lawyers : Well, eventually we will pay but, the longer the case, the more that we earn, shall we continue?.
Apple's lawyers : Hell yes!.

FalseAgent said,
Apple: "Will you pay?"
Samsung: "No."

*goes to trial*


I lol'd pretty hard. Apple don't play.

Would be interesting if they could work something out, along with a sort of cease fire agreement.

It's about time to grow some balls and talk their dispute over coffee before going to court. That's the right and professional way to handle it.

But who really cares if they go to court directly, they are very $$$.

What happens if both companies still decide to divorce? Will I still get a retinas-burning yellow iPhone 5c with a pink cover for my birthday?

red. said,
Misread this as meditation

Ha, me too! Are we all partially dyslexic? I thought it sounded weird, but who knows it might work after all.

Surprisingly sensible, even though I don't expect much. The greed is too powerful. They're used to weilding patents like some super tollbooth, wanting a piece of everything that goes through and blocking anyone who doesn't think they should pay, and it sounds too good to shareholders etc.

Geezy said,
Surprisingly sensible, even though I don't expect much. The greed is too powerful. They're used to weilding patents like some super tollbooth, wanting a piece of everything that goes through and blocking anyone who doesn't think they should pay, and it sounds too good to shareholders etc.

Indeed - and the only people that are going to benefit from this are the lawyers. The customers won't, and neither will either company really.

Consumers are definitely the losers, and upstarts who will be stifled by huge walls of patents mean less competition to even it out, perpetuating the status quo.