The CEOs of Apple and Samsung will be facing off next month under the watchful eye of a judge in hopes of settling some of the numerous lawsuits the two companies are engaged in.
As was reported earlier this month, Judge Lucy Koh from the Northern District of California has ordered Apple and Samsung to sit down with one another for court moderated settlement talks. The original order called for the meeting to happen within 90 days of April 17, and FOSS Patents has now learned that the meetings have been scheduled for May 21 and 22, starting at 9:30 AM each day. The location will be at a San Francisco courthouse and will be overseen by Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero.
Prior to the meetings, Magistrate Judge Spero has ordered both companies to supply him with a “a candid evaluation of the parties’ likelihood of prevailing on the claims and defenses.” Yes, the judge added the bold emphasis to the word ‘candid.’ It seems rather unlikely that either company will state that it has a weak case, but one never knows.
Currently the two companies have more than 50 lawsuits pending in 10 countries around the world. Even if these talks somehow do lead to a settlement in the United States, it is still going to be quite some time before the book is fully closed on these entities going after one another.
[via FOSS Patents]