By 18 April 2012 | Categories: news


It’s been a year since Apple and Samsung’s legal tussles began. Now, a resolution for the patent battle between the two tech giants may finally be in sight. Both firms have agreed to hold settlement talks, with the CEOs as well as the chief legal counsels for both Samsung and Apple in tow.

According to the FOSS Patents blog, the two tech giants will meet in the San Francisco courthouse within the next 90 days for these settlement talks, which will be overseen by US Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero.

The talks are the result of Judge Lucy Koh, a federal judge who presided over two Apple vs. Samsung lawsuits in the Northern District of California, directing both companies to participate in an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) conference.

The patent war kicked off in April last year when Apple sued Samsung, claiming that the Korean company’s Galaxy range of Android-powered smartphones and tablets infringes upon some of its patents and design trademarks. Since that time the patent war has grown to encompass over 30 cases in ten countries.

In other patent related news, Microsoft recently scored a victory in its patent war with Motorola Mobility, after being granted a temporary restraining order as well as a preliminary injunction against the Google-owned smartphone and tablet maker.


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