Apple and Samsung to Meet on May 21

The court-moderated settlement talks that Apple and Samsung agreed to hold will take place on May 21 – 22, according to patent expert Florian Mueller for FOSS Patents. Apple and Samsung chief executives Tim Cook and Gee-Sung Choi respectively, along with lawyers for both companies, will be present in the discussions.

On April 17, I already reported on the fact that Apple and Samsung agreed, under soft pressure from Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, to meet for court-moderated settlement talks at the level of the CEOs and their chief lawyers. Judge Koh wanted the parties to meet w 90 days. The judge who will oversee this settlement effort, Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero, has now scheduled this settlement conference for May 21-22, 2012, starting on each day at 9:30 AM.

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.

[FOSS Patents]

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