Will Apple and Samsung Patch Things UP or Tear Them DOWN?
The chief executives of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung will speak with each other in a last-minute attempt to resolve their patent dispute before the jury in the case starts its deliberations. Apple’s Tim Cook and Samsung’s Kwon Oh Hyun are expected to speak over the phone on Monday and lawyers of the two companies will report the outcome of the conversation to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, according to Bloomberg.
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The jury in the federal court in San Jose, California, is scheduled to start its proceedings on Tuesday. The case was expected to go ahead as scheduled until Monday morning after attorneys from the two sides reported to the court that they had made no progress in narrowing the claims in the suit.
Last week, Koh had requested the CEOs to give talks a last try, saying she was “pathologically optimistic” the two companies could settle mutual allegations over patents for smartphones and tablets. Apple sued Samsung last year after accusing it of copying patented designs, while the Korean company countersued by alleging the iPhone maker had infringed on its wireless patents.
Cook met with Geesung Choi, president and chief executive of Samsung’s digital media division, before the trial began, but the talks did not lead to a decision then. Oh Hyun was named Samsung’s chief executive in June. The new CEO was seen as a pro-Apple choice by many as his previous role in Samsung’s components business that oversees chips and display required him to work hand-in-hand with Apple, and specifically Cook, who used to be the California company’s chief operating officer.