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Patent Talks Between Apple and Samsung Chief Executives Lead to Little Progress

Last month, we reported that Apple and Samsung CEOs were to meet for settlement talks over patent issues at a courthouse in San Francisco, CA. That meeting happened earlier this week. The talks seem to have been unproductive, with the U.S. case underway in California all but certain to proceed to trial.

While Apple has kept quiet about the talks, The Korea Times reports on comments from Samsung officials indicating that no agreement was forthcoming.

The two technology giants could find no clear agreement through the talks, according to a Samsung official. Apple Korea declined to comment on the matter.

The patent battle is now headed for trial on June 27, despite both firm’s stated wish to avoid legal proceedings.

According to foreign media outlets, both technology giants held firm on their assertions: Samsung continued to demand Apple pay royalties for using its wireless transmission technology and Apple insisted that Samsung copied its design in various products.

The report also says that Samsung’s contingent will be returning back to Korea on Friday with Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee also returning from a three-week business trip to Europe. Serious question…anyone actually surprised that the meeting between Apple’s CEO and Samsung’s CEO didn’t go well?

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