Apple, Samsung chiefs to meet in patent war summit

18 Apr 2012

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung will meet to try and find a resolution to the ongoing patent dispute between the companies that has gone global over the past year, reports Reuters.

A California court filing revealed that the company bosses will be joined by the general counsels for their firms to discuss the issues which originated when Apple accused Samsung of “slavishly” copying its iPhone and iPad designs for the Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets in a US lawsuit back in April last year.

US District Judge Lucy Koh has referred the two companies to a magistrate judge based in San Francisco, who will lead the talks. Koh is overseeing one of the cases between the companies filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, the trial for which is scheduled for July.

In an emailed statement to the BBC, Samsung said it had agreed to take part in the summit, and expected it to happen within the next 90 days.

The companies have sued each other for infringement of design and technology patents in a number of markets including Australia, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and South Korea. According to Reuters, the companies now have more than 20 cases in 10 countries. Apple is also battling Motorola Mobility in a number of court cases in Germany and the US.

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