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Apple and Samsung Still in Settlement Talks, 'No Indication' of Imminent Agreement

Apple and Samsung have been in settlement negotiations following Apple's victory in a patent lawsuit last year, according to The Wall Street Journal. This contradicts a report from last November that said Samsung was not interested in settling with Apple.

The talks included face-to-face meetings in Seoul and reportedly came close to a resolution in February, but have since "cooled off". The sides remain in discussions, according to The WSJ.

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In the negotiations, described sparingly in heavily redacted documents from the U.S. International Trade Commission made public earlier this month and by people familiar with them, Samsung has pushed for a broad patent cross-licensing deal that could settle all outstanding litigation between the companies. It is unclear whether Apple was interested in such a deal.

The possibility of a broad settlement, or a series of separate deals, marks another twist in the relationship between the two technology giants that began with Samsung supplying parts necessary to make smaller and thinner iPod music players in 2005, and has ballooned into fierce competition over smartphones.
The most recent development in Apple v. Samsung was the scheduling of a new damages trial for November, after Judge Lucy Koh ruled that the original jury may not have had a clear understanding of the patent issues. She said this resulted in a lump sum award that did not distinguish between patent violations, making it impossible for the court to determine which part of the damages were applicable to each patent.

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13 months ago

Well in the case of the RMBP, Samsung does make superior displays.


Exactly. That's what I was referring to. One just has to look at all the threads where people are exchanging rMBP's to get one with a Samsung display.
Rating: 5 Votes
13 months ago
I hope Apple and Samsung can come to an agreement. There's been way too much time and money wasted on legal issues.

Besides, Samsung makes great displays ;)
Rating: 4 Votes
13 months ago

You mean LG make great displays copysung just copy LG tec and use it for their own devices. :)


Well in the case of the RMBP, Samsung does make superior displays.
Rating: 3 Votes
13 months ago

You mean LG make great displays copysung just copy LG tec and use it for their own devices. :)


You shouldn't do that. Sort of makes you a little silly. I don't know many who argue the quality of Samsung's components.
Rating: 2 Votes
13 months ago

You mean LG make great displays copysung just copy LG tec and use it for their own devices. :)


You mean Hitachi designed something great, and LG just made a cheaper less stable version:p.

It's a joke regarding the history of IPS in case anyone is wondering.
Rating: 2 Votes
13 months ago
I wonder if the new agreement for Samsung to produce future Apple Ax chips has anything to do with this.
Rating: 1 Votes
13 months ago
No indication of imminent interest. I wish I had patented the business litigation process.
Rating: 1 Votes
13 months ago

Flame on.

Why is this on the Front Page? I want to read about Mac rumors, not what lawyers of wealthy multinational conglomerates do to keep themselves on the clock. :rolleyes:


You want to read about Mac rumours, others want the latest Apple related news - the site is for all, not just one person. These legal issues do waste a lot of money but hopefully there are better times ahead when licensing and intellectual property issues have clearer boundaries and this current mess amongst IT vendors and innovators becomes historic.

I'm fed up of hearing about the next new iPhone and pictures of batteries as the next new iPhone is inevitable rather than hot news!! Now if there were rumours that Apple was looking at the possibility of making a car with a wrap around 50" display instead of a windscreen..............
Rating: 1 Votes
13 months ago
i hope they reach an agreement because most of the iphones, ipods etc. used samsung's chips, displays etc. which were pretty good, their quality can be trusted.
Rating: 1 Votes
13 months ago

I hope Apple and Samsung can come to an agreement. There's been way too much time and money wasted on legal issues.

Besides, Samsung makes great displays ;)


You mean LG make great displays copysung just copy LG tec and use it for their own devices. :)
Rating: 1 Votes

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