Apple and Samsung have been trading body blows in their legal war-on-the-street for awhile now, suing and countersuing each other the Earth over for patent and IP violations. Now U.S. Judge Lucy Koh has ordered Apple CEO Tim Cook and Gee-Sung Choi to stop suing each other for a second and meet to try to talk it all out.
FOSS Patents reports that Apple and Samsung just made this statement to the court in regards to both CEOs meeting for an Alternative Dispute Resolution (or ADR):
As directed by the Court, Apple and Samsung are both willing to participate in a Magistrate Judge Settlement Conference with Judge Spero as mediator. At Apple, the chief executive officer and general counsel are the appropriate decision-makers, and they will represent Apple during the upcoming settlement discussions. At Samsung, the chief executive officer and general counsel are also the appropriate decision-makers, and they will represent Samsung during these settlement discussions.
FOSS Patents is skeptical that the meeting will produce many results, since presumably these two have already done their fair amount of shouting over the phone, but at the very least, it should prove a spectacle when a roided-up Tim Cook lifts Gee-Sung Choi over his head and breaks him over his knee..