updated 11:45 am EDT, Wed May 23, 2012
July trial may be virtually guaranteed
Apple and Samsung have failed to reach any kind of settlement after court-ordered talks on Monday and Tuesday, according to the Korea Times. A Samsung official tells the publication that the companies could find "no clear agreement" on their patent dispute. The talks were extremely high-level, involving Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung.
The head of Samsung's mobile division, J.K. Shin, recently proposed cross-licensing patents as an option, but what offers were made during negotiations is unknown. With the official talks failed, it may be highly unlikely that both parties will settle out of court before the beginning of a California trial, which is scheduled for July 30th barring any disruptions. Any settlement will now have to be reached through the companies' own will.
Apple is accusing Samsung of copying some design traits of the iPhone and the iPad, but Samsung has fired back, charging Apple with using its wireless technology. Apple, though, has so far come out victorious in most court rulings around the world, in some cases securing injunctions against products like the Galaxy Tab 10.1. To avoid losing sales, Samsung has made slight modifications, though even these are being challenged.