Sunday, May 20, 2012

Apple and Samsung CEOs to mediate Patents

CEOs of Apple and Samsung are set to mediate at a San Francisco federal courthouse tomorrow in the U.S. Northern District of California case of Apple, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found last Monday that the district court erred in deciding that Apple failed to show that it was likely to succeed on the merits, which means Apple may yet press for an injunction to block the sale of Samsung tablets. While the trial court considers the claims, Apple's Tim Cook and Samsung's Choi Gee-sung have been directed by a federal judge to appear for a court-supervised mediation. Apple and Samsung are bitter rivals in the electronics marketplace. While Samsung's smartphones and tablets run Android and compete with Apple's iOS products, Samsung is also a key component supplier to Apple. Apple has accused Samsung of infringing on the iPhone and iPad through products that run on Google's operating system, and Samsung has counter-sued on claims that Apple infringed its patents. The case is set for trial this summer. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero will preside over the high-stakes IP mediation. I blogged about this case last fall, when Steve Jobs died. I still believe that a face to face meeting of the ultimate decision makers can benefit these companies and allow them to move on together in the mobile marketplace. See articles - and