Apple and Samsung CEOs to Meet for Settlement Talks over Patent Issues

The battle between Apple and Samsung has been going on for a while now. Today, FOSS Patents reports that the chief executives of Apple and Samsung, along with their general counsels, will meet within the next 90 days at a San Francisco courthouse for a court-moderated discussion. The discussion’s main goal will be to settle the long and on-going patent dispute between the two companies.

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.

It is also reported that the settlement talks are  “semi-voluntary” meaning that the court can only compel the parties to meet and talk. However, this cannot force them to reach an agreement. In addition, it is also in the best interest of the two companies to make their most senior officials available for the discussions. This would demonstrate to the court a good effort has been made to resolve the dispute.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook will represent the company and general counsel Bruce Sewell, while Samsung would send representatives from the parent company including CEO Gee-Sung Choi.

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