Apr 172012

The 2012 patent lawsuit landscape could get a bit simpler in the near future if Apple and Samsung can settle their legal battle. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has referred the companies to a magistrate judge in a bid to work out a settlement. In what is hopefully a sign that both companies want to put this dispute behind them, both Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung will participate along with their general counsels.

The companies must meet within 90 days. The case before Koh is scheduled to head to trial in July.

Apple and Samsung are currently involved in more than 20 cases spanning 10 countries. Despite that, Samsung remains one of Apple’s largest components suppliers. Its sales to Apple could reach US$11 billion this year.

Read more: Reuters


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