Apple vs. Samsung Judge Urges Settlement

    August 15, 2012
    Sean Patterson
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The judge presiding over the Apple vs. Samsung patent war trial today urged both companies to make one last effort to settle the matter before a verdict is handed down in the case.

According to an All Things D report, Judge Lucy Koh stated that she sees risk for both Apple and Samsung if the jury reaches a verdict. She cheekily commented that if the companies were simply showing off their tablet and smartphone patents, then the message had been delivered. All Things D quotes Koh as saying, “It’s time for peace.”

The two companies have agreed to a telephone meeting, but nothing more. Samsung and Apple already met once this year to try and settle the matter out-of-court, but were unable to come to an agreement.

The Apple vs. Samsung legal battle began over one year ago, when Apple sued Samsung for violating its patents. Apple claims Samsung’s Galaxy S II smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet violate Apple design patents for the iPhone and iPad. Samsung promptly countersued, claiming Apple violates its patents on some wireless technologies.

The lawsuits have created some truly bizarre moments, such as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 being banned from sale in the U.S. and Apple being ordered to place ads stating that the Galaxy Tab isn’t a direct rip-off of the iPad. Meanwhile, both companies have been rapidly consolidating the smartphone market.

During the trial this week, Samsung argued that the patents Apple is claiming it violated are invalid, due to tablet designs that existed before Apple applied for its patents. All Things D reports that closing arguments for the trial are scheduled for next Tuesday. The trial could lead to large fines for both companies or could lead to a number of each company’s patents being declared invalid.

  • Robert Grimshaw

    The Judge has been so biased in favor of Apple, the only reason she would have to suggest the two sides settle is that Apple is going to lose, big time. Apple didn’t invent pinch & zoom, all they claim is they ” invented a rounded corner rectangle.” Yeah, sure. You can’t patent a design trend, if you could, clothes manufacturers, car companies would stifle any competitor. Apple despite having billions in cash and an army of lawyers can’t bully common sense away. In England, Apple already lost. In Australia, it doesn’t look very good for them. Remember Ashton Tate, the database behemoth who sued everybody for daring to put out a competing database product. Until a Judge ruled the core design all their products was copied from a US Government designed data file program. Where’s Ashton Tate now? GONE
    Doesn’t exist. Being the biggest and having the most money means squat.
    Atari, Ashton Tate, Commodore only a few that greed and obstinancy brought down. Apple and Microsoft may well join them before too long.

  • http://Universalark Templeton

    We want innovation & value for our money products;without monopoly

  • John CHapman

    Robert I believ Aqpple will loose big but lets see what play out. I want them to loose big because in the early 80s they copy Xerox and with the phone 1 copy LG Chocolate. SO they need a hard hammer onit