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Apple, Samsung Confirm Failed Mediation Talks

by Brandon Russell | February 22, 2014

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A new report this week confirmed Apple and Samsung couldn’t settle their differences outside of court. Earlier this month, rumors out of Korea claimed mediation between the two companies broken down, and neither was willing to budge without a court’s intervention. Now the two have filed a joint report, via Foss Patents, revealing the two indeed “did not reach an agreement.” Both companies are scheduled to meet back in court on March 31.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung co-CEO JK Shin actually met during the first week of February, but couldn’t come to a compromise. A judge in January ordered the two to meet to find a possible solution, though disagreements over an anti-cloning provision allegedly kept either side from agreeing to a settlement. Despite their differences, the two are apparently still communicating; the presiding judge, Lucy Koh, has asked for both sides to meet again and update her on their progress.

Despite an initial ruling stemming back from 2012, a definitive amount hasn’t yet been awarded to Apple. This latest trial will determine how much Samsung needs to shell out for infringing on Apple’s products. The Korean company is currently on the hook for around $980 million.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...