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Apple and Samsung call in marriage guidance counsellors

Bickering couple agree to mediation
Thu Jan 09 2014, 12:51
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BICKERING DEVICE VENDORS Apple and Samsung have agreed to seek mediation ahead of their next round of legal wrangling.

With another court hearing due in March, it appears that the CEOs of both companies have been convinced that they might reach a resolution that suits both parties.

Reuters reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon will meet on or before 19 February with only in-house lawyers present in support.

The news comes after court documents filed in December revealed that Apple paid outside legal firms $60m to continue battling patent infringement litigation against its South Korean rival.

The ground rules for the meeting were set by the companies' respective lawyers, who met on 6 January to "discuss settlement opportunities".

The two firms remain locked in patent disputes all over the world, with Apple seeming to be able to prove that Samsung's rectangles are too similar to its own. Although there are now a number of smartphone manufacturers making largely similar items, Apple is continuing its vendetta against what it perceives as its biggest threat.

With Samsung due to unveil a new iteration of its hugely successful Galaxy at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next month, Apple's lawyers will be watching like hawks.

Since ultimately billions of dollars are at stake, it seems unlikely that either party will back down easily, however with litigation costs running into tens of millions, it could be beneficial to both companies to stop bickering, get back to making great products, and admit that there's room in the market for everyone. µ


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