The yearlong patent infrigement legal battle between Apple and Samsung has reached a tedious point where both companies are suing each other back-and-forth in ten different countries. In the United States case, Apple wants to speed things up by starting its jury trial against Samsung on the proposed date of July 30th.
Samsung, on the other hand, believes that the case is still too large to go to court and wants to iron out the details with Apple before appearing before a judge. But, as noted by MacRumors, Apple does not feel the same way and accuses Samsung of “intentionally dragging its feet” to avoid a judge ruling that may put a significant dent in its consumer electronics business.
Patent expert Florian Mueller for FOSS Patents puts the situation into perspective:
While the parties have been readying the case for trial Samsung has vaulted into first place in worldwide sales of smartphones, with massive sales of its copycat products. Samsung’s infringement of Apple’s intellectual property has already resulted in damages that reach billions of dollars. [...] It is critical to Apple to start trial on July 30, to put an end to Samsung’s continuing infringement.
Apple and Samsung have agreed to participate in court-moderated settlement talks on May 21 – 22, in which chief executives Tim Cook and Gee-Sung Choi will be present.