Report: Apple and Samsung in settlement talks

Report: Apple and Samsung in settlement talks
Right on the heels of Apple's settlement with Google's Motorola Mobility, which resulted in the dismissal of any remaining lawsuits between the two tech firms, there is talk that Apple and Samsung are sitting down to discuss a similar deal. The thermonuclear war that Steve Jobs had promise to unleash on Android, was created in the mind of the late Apple co-founder during a time period when iOS was in a stronger competitive position. Times have changed and Apple seems ready to put all of its legal issues behind it.

In the first patent trial between the two firms, Apple won a verdict of $930 million that is under appeal by Samsung. In the second trial, Apple won $119.6 million even though most experts had predicted that Apple would win a larger verdict in the second trial. That forecast was made due to the suit's inclusion of more recent models like the Samsung Galaxy S III. Samsung is appealing that verdict as well.

Samsung and Apple have tried before to work out a deal. Before and after both trials, Judge Lucy Koh requested that both sides reach out to each other via mediation, but each time, the talks failed.

source: KoreaTimes

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23 Comments

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

a have a dream..

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have a dream.

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

These trials are rigged because most of the members of the jury probably have iOS device scans therefore favor Apple...

13. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Right, the system is only rigged when your chosen brands lose. There couldn't possibly be a more reasonable explanation, such as actual guilt. I have never heard that before. While we are at it, I'm sorry your football/futbol/hockey/basketball/baseball/softbal​l/volleyball/track/NASCAR/F1 team lost. Stupid bought officials.

6. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Both are better off working with the other, hope they can work this nonsense out.

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple should just DROP THE DAMN case and shake hands with SAMSUNG like they did with MOTOROLA. this shyt will never end

9. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Why they wanna stop if money is coming.

20. Sauce unregistered

One thing PA failed to mention was that this was/is Apples idea and Apple went to Samsung.

8. mturby unregistered

i thought the samsung had to pay $119 instead of $930 after the last trial..

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

There have been two separate trials in Judge Koh's courtroom (three if you consider the re-trial on damages for the first case). The $930m verdict is still under appeal. Apple had to have had a bit of an epiphany after 'winning' only $119m. $119m is within the cost of doing business for Sammy (they drop that much on adverts in a month). Losing while winning has to focus Timmy's attention on the futility of continuing to litigate this mess. Apple is not going to vaporize Sammy and Sammy is not going to vaporize Apple. Time to cut a deal.

17. willard12 unregistered

Samsung spent $14 billion on marketing in 2013. In a month, they spend about 10 times what Apple got in the second trial on adverts. http://bgr.com/2013/11/28/samsung-2013-marketing-budget/

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7009; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Considering they were hoping to get 2 billion and it went down to $119 million. If the 930 million goes to court again. That will be chopped down as well. Not to mention the $119 will be appealed again. I think Apple wanted to take Samsung to court and give them negative publicity, which they did. However it made Apple look bad as well.

16. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

@mturby you are correct.

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Finally.....lets get back to competing in the stores and not the court rooms.

21. Sauce unregistered

What stores? Eye wantz tew buy stuffz inseyed Samsung shtore'!

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

So Samsung can only sell stuff in Samsung stores? Thats a new one.... You feeling ok today? Oh I see.....Apple has Apple stores..your fanboyism is showing....

22. jpd514

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

For now Samsung has not paid a penny to Apple. All causes are to the Court of appeal. Apple seeks an honourable way to get out of those embarrassing trials for them now. Samsung may be not ready to let Apple out honorably. An example of a few of a situation very embarrassing for Apple: an email introduced by Samsung in the Court in which Tim Cook Apple Executive Director acknowledges that for the majority of people, Samsung is more COOL than Apple. Very embarrassing.

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