After fruitless CEO meeting, Apple, Samsung look headed for trial


In a surprise to almost no one following the case, Samsung and Apple are not any closer to an agreement to stop suing each other following a rare face-to-face session in San Francisco on Monday and Tuesday between the two companies’ CEOs. There is still no resolution to the ongoing legal battle over the design of Apple and Samsung mobile products, Samsung told the Korea Times on Wednesday.

“The two technology giants could find no clear agreement through the talks, according to a Samsung official,” says the report.

As the two sides failed to come to any agreement, and unless some other deal is struck in the meantime, they will proceed to trial, which is scheduled for June 27.

One of the reasons few expected a settlement or any progress is that the meeting was ordered, not voluntary. Samsung CEO Choi-Gee-sung and Apple CEO Tim Cook were told to meet before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh last month.

Apple has accused Samsung of “slavishly copying” its iPhone and iPad designs, while Samsung wants Apple to pay royalties on a variety of mobile patents. Cook recently told reporters and financial analysts that he has “always hated litigation,” Apple “just want[s] people to invent their own stuff.”

Update: FOSS Patents got a look at the official record of the proceedings:

The two orders don’t state a result. What is know for sure is that ‘Tim Cook & various counsel’ met with ‘G.S. Choi & various counsel’ for nine hours on Monday and seven hours on Tuesday. The minute entry for Monday said that they were going to meet again on Tuesday (which was the original plan), while the minute entry for Tuesday doesn’t say anything about a continuation of this effort, which suggests that there aren’t any near-term plans for further talks of this kind.

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