Just over a year — within a couple of days, literally — since the back-and-forth legal battle emerged between Apple and Samsung, the immense patent war might finally be coming to an end. I think the entire technology community will be delighted to hear that the top bosses from both Apple and Samsung, chief executives Tim Cook and Gee-Sung Choi respectively, have agreed to meet in a San Francisco court for patent settlement discussions at some point in the next 90 days.
As directed by the Court, Apple and Samsung are both willing to participate in a Magistrate Judge Settlement Conference with Judge Spero as mediator. At Apple, the chief executive officer and general counsel are the appropriate decision-makers, and they will represent Apple during the upcoming settlement discussions. At Samsung, the chief executive officer and general counsel are also the appropriate decision-makers, and they will represent Samsung during these settlement discussions.
While the settlement talks will be moderated by the court, it cannot force the two consumer electronics makers to reach an agreement. But let’s hope that Apple and Samsung can finally settle their differences and focus on creating the latest innovative products and technologies. Apple and Samsung will continue to be competitors in their respective markets, but hopefully they can handle their matters out of the courts in the future.