Settlement Talks Between Apple and Samsung Fail

Submitted by patentadmin on Thu, 05/24/2012 - 13:43

May 24, 2012 - Judge Lucy Koh had ordered the CEOs of Apple and Samsung to meet for settlement talks on May 21 in an effort to avoid a large and complicated trial, but the settlement talks failed, according to a Samsung official interviewed by The Korea Times.

Apple sued Samsung in April 2011, alleging that Samsung's smartphones and tablet PCs infringe (or "slavishly copy") the iPhone and iPad products. Samsung responded with counterclaims, and each side filed more motions until Judge Koh ordered both parties to simplify their lawsuits for the sake of potential jurors - and ordered the settlement talks in hopes that a complicated trial could be avoided.

However, both sides continue to file motions. Even during the unsuccessful settlement talks, Samsung continued to seek sanctions against Apple for having allegedly violated a court order to produce deposition transcripts. And last week, Apple asked for an injunction on Samsung selling Tab 1.0 products that Apple's attorney says cause "harm to Apple through design dilution, lost sales, lost market share, and lost future sales of tag-along products."

With no settlement in sight, jury selection in the case is scheduled for late July.