Can Apple and Samsung Be Friends?

Now that they’ve established their combined industry domination, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics seem to be planning to go the settlement route against each other instead of slugging it out. The chief executives of the two companies will reportedly meet in the hope of resolving their ongoing patent disputes. A San Francisco court magistrate will moderate the May 21 and 22 talks as an impartial third-party.

Representatives from both companies, including chief lawyers as well as Apple’s Tim Cook and Samsung’s Geesung Choi are expected to discuss ending litigation, according to the FOSS Patents blog.

The two companies have filed more than 50 lawsuits against each other in 10 different countries. While Steve Jobs had been serious about taking the litigation route in such differences, the current Apple chief, Cook, has come out and expressed his preference of settling instead of fighting. Samsung is also likely to be in the mood for settling after suffering through multiple product bans.

The judge wants to two companies to hold “a candid evaluation of the parties’ likelihood of prevailing on the claims and defenses.”

However, intent does not always lead to action. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) had also met to discuss settling their own patent argument, but did not reach a solution, and are still in the process of battling it out in court.