Samsung and Apple are reportedly ready to resume discussions to settle ongoing patent infringement suits, The Korea Times said Monday. Oddly, this comes just two days after Apple reportedly requested a new ban on 20 Samsung devices in the United States, including some older models.
“As far as I know, the companies recently resumed working-level discussions toward the signing of a potential deal,” one source within the Fair Trade Commission told The Korea Herald. “They are in the process of narrowing differences over royalty payments… This is all about money and pride.” Apparently, Samsung wants to cross-license patents that apply to all products, while Apple is arguing that Samsung should still pay $30 for every device that infringed on its patents. Apple is “being flexible” in the talks, The Korea Herald said, noting that Samsung may also fly to the U.S. to meet with Apple CEO Tim Cook in early January.
Both firms reportedly have to have a plan in place by Jan. 8, when Apple and Samsung will present a proposal to Judge Lucy Koh in the United States.