Apple and Samsung CEOs to Discuss Patent Lawsuit Settlement

The war between Samsung and Apple has raged on for over a year, but it might be coming to an end soon.

The now famous conflict began when Apple sued Samsung in several countries around the world for “slavishly” copying design elements of Apple’s iPad and iPhone. Samsung quickly responded with lawsuits of its own, accusing Apple of patent infringement, and since then, the two have duked it out in court battle after court battle.

The U.S. trial between the two is scheduled to start in late July, but before that date rolls around, Samsung and Apple are planning to make an effort to settle the dispute by meeting in a San Francisco courthouse for a settlement talk overseen by U.S. Judge Joseph C. Spero.

According to Foss Patents, this agreement is only partially voluntary. During preliminary hearings in Northern California, Judge Lucy Koh requested that each company comment on its availability for an Alternative Dispute Resolution. Both were forced to agree, because neither wanted to appear uncooperative.

Here is what the two parties had to say about the matter:

“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.”

After agreeing, Samsung and Apple were given a 90-day deadline by Judge Lucy Koh to set up the arbitration. Representatives from both teams will include the CEO (Tim Cook from Apple and Gee-Sung Choi from Samsung) and legal counsel.

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