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Apple, Samsung sent to settlement talks by judge in patent case

News by Dan Seifert on Tuesday April 17, 2012.

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Apple and Samsung have been duking it out in court over various complaints concerning trademark and patent infringement, but now they may have to just work things out on their own. The judge presiding over the case has asked the two companies to have settlement talks, and both Apple and Samsung have agreed to do so.

Apple initially sued Samsung for alleged infringement upon Apple's trade dress and design patents last year, and Samsung fired back with a lawsuit of its own claiming that Apple infringed upon the Korean company's technology patents. These lawsuits in the U.S. kicked off a global battle between the two companies that now spans more than 20 cases in 10 different countries.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh is presiding over the trial in the U.S. that is scheduled to start in July, but she has asked the companies to try to work things out before the trial gets under way. Apple and Samsung's CEOs are expected to join their teams of lawyers in the settlement discussions, which will be moderated by a judge.

While both companies have agreed to settlement talks, neither have actually agreed to settle completely, so this case could still go to trial. Still, it seems that Apple and Samsung are more open to working things out than they were a year ago, and we could see an end to this mess in the relatively near future. [via Reuters]

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