THE CHIEF EXECUTIVES of Apple and Samsung will appear in a federal court in San Francisco today to begin two days of discussions regarding patent litigation.
Apple's Tim Cook and Samsung's Choi Gee-sung were summoned by federal court judge Lucy Koh back in April in the hope that court-supervised mediation would be a quicker resolution to the ongoing legal action between their two companies.
When we asked Samsung about the talks, the firm gave us the informative reply of, "We are unable to provide any details of the meeting."
Still, that was one up on Apple, which declined to comment on the news.
The firms have sued and countersued each other numerous times over the past year, with Apple claiming Samsung copied designs in its Iphone and Ipad. Meanwhile, Samsung has claiming that Apple uses a number of its patents without a licence.
Judge Koh's demands reflect what is on most people's minds about the ongoing patent battle, that enough is enough. She demanded both parties to sort the matter out directly.
However, it's not only in the US that Apple and Samsung are locked in legal action. The two tech giants are embroiled in ongoing legal disputes in South Korea, Australia and many European nations including Germany, France and the UK.
If banging together the heads of two of the world's two biggest conglomerates is a success, it is hoped by the courts that legal action between the companies around the world will come to an end. µ