• Apple and Samsung Looking to Find a "Common Ground" to End Patent War

    Apple and Samsung are both attempting to find “common ground” in efforts to end their ongoing legal battle according to The Korea Times. Citing sources who claim to be “familiar with the negotiations,” the paper notes that both firms are “trimming the number of disputed issues,” stating that both Apple and Samsung are attempting to become “more practical” about finding a solution. Another source also claimed that Apple would like to keep Samsung as one of its main parts suppliers, with the report referencing the long-rumored iWatch:

    As technology shifts toward wearable devices, Apple still wants to keep Samsung as its top-tier parts sourcing channel. The recent release of the Samsung OLED tablet is an indication that Samsung can manage OLED displays to be used in almost all wearable devices, a segment that Apple is greatly interested in.
    In the last two years, Apple and Samsung have been in two trials over the issue of patent infringement. The first trial in 2012 awarded Apple more than $1 billion in damages, however a damages retrial last November brought this number down to $290 million. Meanwhile, the second trial wrapped up last month and found both companies guilty, although Samsung was ordered to pay $119.6 million while Apple was to pay just $158,400. Samsung has since filed an appeal to challenge the second verdict.

    Just last week, both companies also agreed to drop their cross-appeal rulings on an ITC ban for older Samsung products, which focused on patent 7,789,697, and dealt with the concept of accessories being recognized when they plug in to devices.

    Both Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung Electronics CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon also reportedly attended a mediation session earlier this year in an effort to resolve the issues. The parties failed to reach an agreement in their ongoing legal battle though. While a new agreement would take some time to reach, a move to end the ongoing legal battle would prove to be one that is beneficial for both Apple and Samsung.

    We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

    Source: The Korea Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple and Samsung Looking to Find a "Common Ground" to End Patent War started by Akshay Masand View original post
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