Patent Infringement suits between Apple and Samsung may come to a resolution.
The war between Samsung and Apple over patent infringements may be coming to an end. And yes it is a war between these two giants with battles happening all over the world. The biggest battle of all has been playing out in a Northern California court room and has seen things sway back and forth between the attorneys as to who has the upper hand. It is this one which is seen as the final and decisive battle which will determine the outcome. On Tuesday, word came that both sides were agreeing to hold talks to settle the dispute and may bring about a resolution to this long running battle.
The method which both sides have agreed to is called Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and one that sometimes can prove to be successful where other efforts have failed. Once the two sides agreed, the Judge in the case issued a court order to formalize the process. There is an imposed 90 day time limit to the process for an agreement and at the end of that time, both parties will have to present a report to the court as to what agreement has been reached. If there is not an agreement between both parties, then the jury trial will begin in July and the case will move forward. There is no sure thing for either party on the possible outcome if it does go to trial.
This was a sign that things might finally be resolved between the two companies. Of note, Samsung also supplies component parts for Apple devices. That makes this whole situation all the more strange. They are competitors and business partners at the same time. Yesterday, things got very strange as Samsung filed 8 more patent infringements against Apple in the Northern California case. This does not establish the kind of discussions which are necessary for the Alternative Dispute Resolution and may cause some additional strain which might not otherwise be there.
This latest action is another part of the battle between Apple and Samsung which continues. Actions in Germany and Australia have quieted down for now and all eyes are currently focusing on the case in Northern California. If they can reach an agreement, it might signal an end to all the litigation going on between the two all over the world.