The Patent War Continues As Settlement Talks Between Apple And Samsung Fail To Work Out

Looks like the biggest patent war in recent history is not going away any time soon, as reports have emerged from Korea about talks between Samsung and Apple having broken down.

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Mediation talks between Apple and Samsung have reportedly broken down, with neither side agreeing upon a compromise in their ongoing patent dispute

Neither party has confirmed the news, though multiple insider reports claim the most recent meeting was unproductive, meaning a final solution will need to be decided in court.
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A U.S. court ordered Apple and Samsung to meet by Feb. 19 ahead of the upcoming trial, which starts on March 31.

The case will look at the patents surrounding Apple's iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus III devices. Samsung faces damages up to $930 million.
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Phil Schiller, Apple marketing VP, and Scott Forstall, iOS chief, will take the witness stand once again, as well as other executives form both sides.

Korean newspaper Choshun (first reported by The Verge) notes that Shin was scheduled to meet Cook next week, but that the meeting actually occurred in January. A follow-up meeting is not expected, according to the report.

According to Reuters, Apple and Samsung have agreed to discuss resolving their ongoing patent battle

Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics have agreed to attend a mediation session to be held on or before February 19, as they prepare to clash in court in March over smartphone patents.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon will attend the session with in-house lawyers only, according to a Wednesday court filing.

Their legal teams had met on January 6 to "discuss settlement opportunities," the filing read.

Apple and Samsung are embroiled in a legal battle over smartphone patents across several countries that mirrors their global battle for supremacy in the mobile device market

The technology rivals are facing a March trial date in the United States over Apple's claims that Samsung infringed its patents.

In the last two years, Apple and Samsung have gone to trial twice in San Jose, California federal court, and juries have awarded Apple a total of roughly $930 million.

Apple said in court documents filed in December that it has paid its leading outside law firm approximately $60 million to wage patent litigation against Samsung.

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