Presiding Judge Lucy Koh asked the two warring technology giants, Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL ) and Samsung, to talk to each other on the phone and come to an amicable settlement prior to the jury deliberations on the trial next week.
Apple and Samsung are locked in a bitter legal high-stake battle over patent disputes and have been hurling allegations and counter-allegations at each. Apple sued Samsung in April saying that the Korean handset maker copied the designs of its mobile devices. Samsung counter-claimed that Apple’s claims to originality of its designs were not true and that it had already been working on them long before the birth of the iPhone or iPad.
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"It's time for peace," U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said on Wednesday in a San Jose, California, federal court.
She urged them to explore settlement before asking the jury to deliberate.
"I see risks here for both sides," Koh said. Before the Jury was brought into the courtroom on Wednesday, she said that it was time for them to start a dialogue since they had achieved their objective of raising awareness of the important of their intellectual property rights.
Attorneys for both companies told Koh they would pass along the message.
The trial is now into its third week with Samsung presenting its defence.
On Wednesday Samsung presented as witness an industrial designer who had worked on the Galaxy series of mobile devices. The designer Jin Soo Kim said he had started working on the Galaxy tablet in October 2009 much before Apple had launched its iPad in 2010.
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He specifically said that he had not copied the design of any other company.