Samsung and Apple CEOs plan to discuss possible settlement today

by: Andrew GrushAugust 20, 2012
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The Samsung versus Apple trial prepares to reach the jury verdict phase but a settlement is not completely out of the question. Judge Lucy Koh has previously asked Samsung and Apple CEOs to meet one last time in an attempt to reach some kind of a middle-ground before the case hits the jury for deliberation. The two parties already failed twice to reach a common ground in similar settlement discussions.

Now according to an anonymous source, the two sides have since agreed to an on-the-phone arrangement in order to hopefully reach a settlement. The two companies are having this epic conversation today, via the telephone, and plan to have their lawyers report to the U.S. District Judge about the outcome.

For those that haven’t been following the case closely, Koh’s reasons for requesting the two parties to attempt a settlement one last time has to do with just how much is on the line for both companies. Samsung is currently seeking nearly a half billion in royalties from Apple in its countersuit for infringing on Samsung patents, while Apple claims Samsung owes them a little over $2.5 billion in damages and royalties due to lost sales caused by Samsung Galaxy products, which the company deems are too similar to its own iPad and iPhone devices.

What do you think, will the Samsung and Apple execs find middle ground and lay the case to rest? Conversely, if it reaches the jury, which side is more likely to walk away the victor?

  • Nic Gillespie

    That would be a fun phone call to listen too.

    • iphone killer

      i hope they release it to the public later :)

  • Let it go to jury trial — Samsung will emerge the victor. And, I’m not saying that as an Android fanboy — I’m saying that as someone who believes in freedom.

  • let freedom ring…

  • Also interesting, Judge Koh forced Tim Cook to make the call using a Samsung Galaxy S III. He was of course able to do so with little effort due to the extreme similarity between the GSIII’s UI and Apple’s iOS.

    • EddieT

      psssh.. anyone can make a phone call from a cell phone.. phone icon, dial, click on call.. seriously? u must be an iTroll

    • Uhhh no. Try again. As someone who did support for AppleCare when the GS1 came out, I had a hell of a time going between it and my 3GS for work. The GS3 is leaps and bounds different. Also, if you weren’t such a technology bigot, you’d realize that what Apple’s main complaint is, is Trade Dress, aka the look of the phone. The GS3 looks NOTHING like an iPhone. Hell, half the phones left in the suit don’t look like iPhones, those phones where thrown out!

  • John

    Apple should be concentrating on fake apple products rather than Sammy, I mean really, was even the arrogant Jobs stupid enough to think there was not going to be competition in this market??? It was always going to happen, just who did it was the question. Suck it up apple, make a better product and meet them in the maketplace.

  • dsfsadf

    put a fucking sock in it and give us consumers better products already

  • Melad Khajepour

    “Apple claims Samsung owes them a little over $2.5 billion in damages and royalties due to lost sales caused by Samsung Galaxy products”

    wtf 2.5 billion for lost sales?? people just buy a better product, learn to innovate and catch up instead of suing every other better phone better than the iShit, apple!