Samsung, Apple

In what may be the first step on a long road towards a truce between Apple and Samsung, reports out of Korea suggest that the two warring mobile giants have agreed to begin talks to settle their patent disputes out of court. Sources "directly involved with the matter," talking to The Korea Times, said "Samsung has recently resumed working-level discussions with Apple and the key issue is how to dismiss all lawsuits."

"Some more time will be needed to fix terms of details such as royalty payments in return for using patents owned by each before reaching a full agreement," the quoted source continues. "Some more time will be needed to fix terms of details such as royalty payments in return for using patents owned by each before reaching a full agreement."

The latest verdict in the firms' ongoing legal battle, which awarded $120 million to Apple, but also found the Cupertino company guilty of infringing some Samsung patents, apparently nudged the two closer to the negotiating table. Earlier this year Judge Lucy Koh ordered the companies' CEOs to meet and try to come to a truce, however no agreement was reached. With the two now possibly entering talks of their own accord, there's a chance these discussions may be more fruitful.

The news of possible settlement talks comes days after Motorola Mobility and Apple agreed to end their patent disputes.

Source: The Korea Times

There are 26 comments

grydlok says:

Hopefully this will end the Patent wars

What will the blogs have to fill the long periods between the keynotes then?

page views will plummet as haters will have little to hate on.



brendilon says:

There's always something to hate on. Like Apple's stupid proprietary chargers.

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Staflea says:

Europe and their insistence that one charger will rule them all hopefully will stop this bit of silliness. Of course the downsize is that makes all Bose docks and the like redundant BUT opens up the market to converters,

JHBThree says:

Apple will bundle a micro USB adapter in. They won't ever get rid of lightning.

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TenshiNo says:

Most likely.

mwara244 says:

The lawyers won't let this happen, they make more money when these cases go to trial

sentinelred says:

Fucking finally!

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D13H4RD2L1V3 says:


They should be focusing on innovation and improving the lives of the consumer rather than wasting money suing the crap out of each other.

Zig261 says:

Samsung? Innovation?


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Dizfunctions says:

Both companies innovate. Apple's iPhone, iPod, iPad, and other products over the years have been marvelous. While they don't innovate their features, any feature they deliver is well implemented.

Samsung is a company that extends well beyond the mobile world. They innovate in screen technology, TVs, batteries, and chip design. Their SSDs are amazing and very affordable. There is a lot of places that Samsung innovates, and just because a couple of patents are being sued over doesn't discredit the other innovations of either company.

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Well said!

TenshiNo says:

Nicely done.

D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

Well written.


dyinman says:


quibbles says:

That quoted source does like to repeat themselves. So good they said it twice?


Alex may have been in shock, when he posted that quote, lol.

TenshiNo says:


am pretty I read about that a few years ago and still nothing happened

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Joel E says:

Likely apple going after such large amounts but getting so little while still shelling out the costs for these proceedings has affected things too.

Posted from my caseless GS5. Because I believe in myself.

ranblv says:

I wonder if tizen is as easy to target in this nuisance lawsuits as android is.

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TenshiNo says:

Considering how vague many of these software patents Apple is using are, I would imagine so.

pagger says:

apple just making things look all sweet b4 the iphone galaxy6 comes out! wait sammy we promised not to do courts no more!

from my old note3 which i had to sell my soul for;)

jesse-pink says:

samsung is preparing the galaxy note 4 which is remored to be great