On Monday, the CEOs from both Apple and Samsung sat down with one another as part of a court-ordered mediation session in an effort to end the ongoing battle between the two, which began when Apple famously sued Samsung for “slavishly” copying the design of the iPad and the iPhone.
After two days of court-supervised discussions, Tim Cook and Choi Gee-sung were unable to settle the issues between them and failed to come to an agreement.
The talks, which took place over 16 hours on Monday and Tuesday, began with Apple maintaining its position that Samsung had stolen the designs of its iDevices, while Samsung continued to demand payment for wireless patents that it believes Apple infringed on.
To be honest, it’s not surprising that the two companies could not resolve their differences, since they’ve been duking it out in court after court for months now, with growing animosity. Just last Friday, Apple filed for an injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the United States, aiming to have it removed from store shelves, and before that, the Cupertino-based company accused Samsung of destroying email evidence.
Apple has declined to comment on the outcome of the mediation talks, but since the two companies were unable to reach an agreement, the case will be heard in U.S. court beginning on July 30th.