Samsung CEOs agree to mediation in U.S. patent fight
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[January 09, 2014]
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — Apple Inc
and Samsung Electronics have agreed to attend a mediation session to be
held on or before February 19, as they prepare to clash in court in
March over smartphone patents.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon will attend the
session with in-house lawyers only, according to a Wednesday court
filing. Their legal teams had met on January 6 to "discuss
settlement opportunities," the filing read.
Neither company immediately return messages seeking comment.
Apple and Samsung are embroiled in a legal battle over smartphone
patents across several countries that mirrors their global battle
for supremacy in the mobile device market.
The technology rivals are facing a March trial date in the United
States over Apple's claims that Samsung infringed its patents.
In the last two years, Apple and Samsung have gone to trial twice in
San Jose, California federal court, and juries have awarded Apple a
total of roughly $930 million.
Apple said in court documents filed in December that it has paid its
leading outside law firm approximately $60 million to wage patent
litigation against Samsung.
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The case is Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, U.S. District
Court, Northern District of California, 11-1846.
(Reporting by Edwin Chan and Andrew Longstreth;
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