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Apple, Samsung reach no agreement at meeting of execs


A two-day meeting between chief executives of Samsung and Apple yielded no agreement between the parties mired in a global battle regarding alleged patent infringements, reports “The Korea Times” (

Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung and Shin Jong-kyun, head of the firm’s mobile division, left Seoul Sunday for the United States to meet Apple CEO Tim Cook by order of the Northern District Court of California. This was an attempt — and, apparently, a futile one — to settle the patent fight without going into costly legal proceedings.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, ordered the company execs to meet face-to-face to try and settle their differences. The general counsels of both companies also were directed to participate in the two-day mediation session to try settle Apple’s claims that Samsung’s smartphones and tablet computers infringe patents covering the design and feel of iPhones and iPads, as well as Samsung’s infringement counterclaims related to its Galaxy smartphones.

Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four continents. For example, Apple alleges that Samsung copied the slide-to-unlock technology of its iPhone and iPad devices.

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