As we reported earlier today, Apple and Samsung CEOs were on deck to sit down and have a last chat before jury deliberations begin in the next couple of days. The plan was for Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Kwon Oh Hyun to talk on the telephone and perhaps come to some sort of peace before any potential damage can be done by the full jury resolution of the trial taking place in Northern California over the alleged patent infringement Apple took Samsung to court over, and that Samsung then countersued Apple for.
While the telephone call took place today, there was no resolution, according to an in-court report by Kevin Johnson, a Samsung attorney.
“We will see you tomorrow,” he said.
The presiding judge, US District Justice Lucy Koh, had urged the two companies to have a meeting of the minds last week, when she said that she could foresee negative consequences for both parties.
Apple continues to claim that Samsung copied the design and features of the iPad and iPhone, and continues to seek a sales ban on infringing Samsung products as well as monetary damages. Samsung, for its part, continues to counter-claim that it was Apple, in fact, that infringed Samsung’s patents, including some key wireless technologies.
Top executives from both Apple and Samsung have taken part in mediation talks with a US judge prior to the current trial, but then, as now, no resolution could be found.
Attorneys for both companies will present their closing arguments tomorrow.
- Source Reuters