This telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication - Western Union memo, 1876
US DISTRICT COURT JUDGE Lucy Koh has ordered Apple and Samsung to sit down at a table to work out the patent infringement claims made by both firms.
Apple and Samsung have been engaged in bitter and long running disputes over allegations of patent infringement. The firms have sued and countersued each other, with Apple claiming Samsung copied its Iphone and Ipad while Samsung claims Apple uses a number of its patents without a licence, but Judge Koh has told both parties to sort the matter out in a gentlemanly manner.
Apple's CEO Tim Cook and his counterpart at Samsung, Choi Gee-sung, will meet along with their respective general counsels in an attempt to end what has become a farce, with the two firms filing a number of lawsuits all over the world.
Cook and Gee-sung are likely to know each other well. After all Apple is one of Samsung's largest customers, buying everything from flash memory to LCD display screens. Although Apple has managed to win some temporary injunctions against Samsung's products, the long drawn out saga has had no clear winner, apart from the highly paid lawyers.
Apple might even use the talks with Samsung to try to get better deals on the products it buys from the Korean firm. µ