• Apple and Samsung CEOs Agree to Attend a Mediation Session

    Apple CEO, Tim Cook, and Samsung CEO, Oh-Hyun Kwon, have both agreed to attend a mediation session by February 19, about one month before the two are scheduled to return to the courtroom for yet another round of patent litigation. According to a court filing originally spotted by Reuters, Cook and Kwon will meet with in-house lawyers to discuss a possible out-of-court resolution before the second California patent trial between the two begins in March. This high level mediation is an offshoot of a January 6 conference in which the Apple and Samsung counsel met to “discuss settlement opportunities.”

    The recent notice mentioned the following regarding the matter:

    Pursuant to this Court's November 13, 2013 Order that the Parties submit a proposal regarding settlement discussions before the March 2014 trial, Apple and Samsung jointly submit this Notice that the parties have agreed to the following:

    • Senior legal executives from Apple and Samsung legal met in person on Monday, January 6, 2014 to discuss settlement opportunities;
    • The parties agreed upon a mediator who has experience mediating high profile disputes. Mediation will take place by or before February 19, 2014;
    • Each party's Chief Executive Officer and 3-4 in-house counsel will attend the mediation;
    • No outside counsel will attend the mediation.
    For those of you who didn’t remember, Cook previously met with Samsung Vice Chairman Choi Gee-sung and mobile head Shin Jong-Kyun in July of 2012 in a similar mediation session meant to broke a resolution before the landmark Apple vs. Samsung patent trial. The meeting ended up being fruitless as disagreements on patent worth stalled forward progress. Both tech giants are suing one another over alleged infringed patents dealing with smartphone and mobile device technology and design.

    The second case is slated to begin in March 31. We’ll have to be patient to see what results the session will bring.

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple and Samsung CEOs Agree to Attend a Mediation Session started by Akshay Masand View original post
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      XweAponX -
      Rolf, myopia sets in, at first I thought I read, they agreed to a MEDITATION session. They oughtta do that instead...
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