Samsung, Apple CEOs Ordered To Discuss Patent Dispute Settlement

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With the first of many trials between Apple and Samsung scheduled to start in July, a U.S. judge has ordered that the CEOs of the two companies sit down and make another attempt to settle their differences outside of court in order to avert a trial.

According to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, the two companies have 90 days to meet in a courthouse in San Francisco to discuss a settlement under the mediation of Joseph C. Spero, a U.S. magistrate judge. Apple will be represented at the meeting by CEO Tim Cook, along with the company's general counsel, while Samsung will be represented by CEO Gee-Sung Choi, along with his company's general counsel.

With the trial date looming, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh, who is presiding over the two lawsuits between Apple and Samsung in the U.S., doubtless wants to avoid a lengthy trial. At issue in the two lawsuits are allegations of patent infringement. Apple has accused Samsung of copying design elements of its iOS devices with the Galaxy S line of smartphones and Galaxy Tab line of tablets. The suit was originally filed in 2010 by Apple, with the goal of blocking the sale of infringing Samsung devices in America. Samsung responded by counter-suing in the U.S., and by filing suits in ten other countries around the world. There are currently upwards of twenty suits and countersuits between the two companies.

What do you think? Will Apple and Samsung settle out of court? Should they? Is Samsung really guilty of copying Apple's designs? Let us know in the comments.

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