Will Apple and Samsung Ever Bury the Hatchet?
Just earlier this month, a San Jose, California court ruled in Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) favor in its latest round of the legal war between the two companies that has been ongoing since 2011. While both companies were found guilty of violating the other’s patents, Apple only owes Samsung $158,000 in damages. Samsung (SSNLF.PK) was fined almost $120 million for its patent violations. Since that day, both companies have moved on to attempting to settle this legal war once and for all, but both sides are blaming the other for their inability to move on in the court document filed May 19 reported AppleInsider.
The alternative dispute resolution, also known as an ADR in legal language, is a document filed jointly by both Apple and Samsung. It details each company’s complaint about how the other side has not been helpful in solving the dispute. Apple claims that Samsung is really not ready to settle with them. The company’s argument is based upon remarks made to the media by Samsung’s attorney John Quinn.
“This is Apple’s Vietnam, and people are sick of it,” Quinn told legal news outlet Law360 in a March interview. This quote was among the many that Apple citied in its portion of the document. Other quotes compared Apple to jihadists and pointed out Apple has not received a dime from Samsung so far.
Apple also sees Samsung’s refusal to agree to Apple’s terms that would disallow any settlement outcome in San Jose to affect other court cases between the two companies is further proof Samsung is not willing to play nice. “Samsung’s refusal even to agree that it will not argue that Apple’s participation in the ADR process can be used in future injunction or royalty proceedings makes clear that Samsung has no interest in entering into a meaningful ADR procedure or ceasing use of Apple’s intellectual property,” said Apple in the document.
Samsung counters that it is willing to settle with Apple to put these legal disputes behind them and that Apple is the problem. The Korean company points out that key executives have travelled from Korea to California on multiple occasions to attend talks. Samsung also counters that the conditions Apple insists are necessary to continue this process of attempting to settle are unfair, especially as Samsung has not insisted on similar conditions in settling the dispute with Apple.
“Samsung remains amenable to discussing settlement of these cases without seeking to impose any comparable conditions upon Apple,” said Samsung in its part of the document.
Despite the legal arguments in this document, the two may settle and finally end its legal disputes. Apple recently settled with Motorola Mobility – and parent company, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) — with which the company had a similarly long string of legal battles in multiple courts. Perhaps Apple and Samsung will declare a truce soon too. The Korea Times reported that the two companies are beginning talks to bury the hatchet.