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Apple and Samsung fail to reach agreement in patent settlement talks

Apple and Samsung fail to reach agreement in patent settlement talks
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung have failed to reach an agreement after two days of court-ordered settlement talks.

Despite efforts to find a resolution outside of the courts, the two companies' long-running patent dispute will now be decided at trial.

Judgement

The CEOs and their respective counsel met in San Francisco, spending a total of sixteen hours engaged in talks moderated by Magistrate Judge Spero - but all to no avail.

The Korea Herald has spoken to a Samsung official with knowledge of the talks, claiming that the case will see trial in July 2012.

Before that happens, however, Apple will be heading to the courts on 7 June in order to pursue a US sales ban of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - and it now seems likely that the court will side with Apple.

But even if this preliminary injunction is awarded, it would be an inconvenience rather than a disaster for Samsung.

The Korean firm could easily circumvent a sales halt with a relatively minor redesign, just as it did in Germany by releasing the Galaxy Tab 10.1N.

[source: Foss Patents]
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