It’s no secret that Apple and Samsung have been at each other’s throats in patent lawsuit after patent lawsuit. It’s been going on for quite some time, and everyone knows that the longer the dispute lasts, the more money is spent in legal fees. Perhaps that’s why Samsung CEO Gee-Sung Choi and Apple CEO Tim Cook have agreed to meet for settlement talks, according to FOSS Patents.
Within the next 90 days, the two will meet, along with their respective legal posses, in a San Francisco court. The meeting, requested by Judge Lucy Koh, who is presiding over two of their lawsuits in California, will be overseen by U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero.
After the request had been made to participate in an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Apple and Samsung responded with this joint statement.
“As directed by the Court, Apple and Samsung are both willing to participate in a Magistrate Judge Settlement Conference with Judge Spero as mediator. At Apple, the chief executive officer and general counsel are the appropriate decision-makers, and they will represent Apple during the upcoming settlement discussions. At Samsung, the chief executive officer and general counsel are also the appropriate decision-makers, and they will represent Samsung during these settlement discussions.”
Though both parties have agreed to meet, there is no guarantee that this will result in a settlement. In fact, since this is practically a court-ordered session, neither side could really refuse without being seen as uncooperative, so this meeting will most likely be more of a discussion on why settling or not settling is in each company’s best interest. But hey, at least they’re talking.
The Oracle vs. Google battle has also seen attempted settlement discussions, but to no avail, resulting in a trial that started two days ago. Will the Apple/Samsung battle share the same fate and be fought in the courtroom? In my opinion, most likely. Can’t we all just get along?
In closing, I will leave you with a t-shirt that says it all: