According to an insider on the Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)-Samsung patent infringement dispute, Samsung Electronics’ CEO, Samsung's Kwon Oh Hyun, will have a private telephonic meeting with his peer in Apple, Tim Cook, to try and settle the dispute before jury deliberations start. Based on the discussions between the two honchos, the lawyers representing the companies will report the outcome and decide the next course of action with U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh presiding in federal court in San Jose, California.
The lawsuit was slapped by California-based Apple in April 2011, when it accused Samsung of illegally copying patented designs for its products. Samsung retaliated by countersuing Apple. According to Bloomberg Industries, this is the 1st case to be presented in front of a federal jury, in a battle for supremacy that spans four continents in a smartphone market with a value of $219.1 billion.
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It was Koh’s decision to let the CEO’s deliberate the matter in private and reach a mutual solution and she is quite optimistic that they will be able to settle the patent dispute among themselves. This is the 2nd attempt for an out-of-court settlement, the 1st being before the trial when the heads of the two companies had met but failed to reach a consensus. Till date no progress in the simplifying of claims has been reported and both sides are filing motions regarding exhibits and jury instructions.
According to court testimony, Samsung has sought about $399 million in royalties from Apple because the latter has allegedly infringed its patents. Apple has reacted by seeking $2.5 billion to $2.75 billion in damages. The judge has said that deliberations might begin very soon. Spokespersons for both companies have maintained a silence regarding all news doing the rounds.
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