When Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ordered that Samsung and Apple sit down to negotiate a settlement of their patent war
, she might have held some hope that getting the CEO's of both firms together would result in some give and take
. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. An unnamed Samsung executive told the Korea Times
that during the talks, both sides held firm to their arguments. Apple says that Korean based Samsung copied its designs while Samsung feels that Apple should license its wireless patents.
Judge Lucy Koh ordered the talks
On both Monday and Tuesday, both Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO sat down along with U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero. The two sides met on Monday and Tuesday and Judge Spero filed the minutes of the meetings with the court. Monday's filing had noted the meeting for Tuesday but yesterday's minutes made no mention of further talks
What happens now? It's back to court
. On June 7th, the court will hear Apple's request for a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. If both sides can't reach an agreement on the patent issues, a trial will start June 27th . Ironically, Apple CEO Cook has said that he hates litigation. Samsung's mobile chief J.K. Shin, who accompanied Gee-Sung to the talks, had told reporters Sunday at Gimpo Inmternational Airoport that Apple's claims were "preposterous". And while Samsung had previously said that it was not interested in cross-licensing deals with Apple, Shin did bring it up as one solution to the legal mess that both companies find themselves in.
Frankly, we would like to see both Samsung and Apple go in front of Judge Judy. That would probably solve the whole patent issue in 15 minutes.
source: KoreaTimes, via FOSSPatents
The players from left to right, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Samsung CEO Choi-Gee-sung and Samsung's top mobile executive J.K. Shin