The heads of Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. will sit opposite each other in settlement talks this week, even as the rival smartphone makers continue to blast each other with patent infringement claims.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook was scheduled to participate in a mediation conference with Samsung’s chief executive Gee-Sung Choi in front of a San Francisco judge on Monday and Tuesday to discuss how to speed the resolution of a high-profile U.S. patent case.
The 13-month-old case, in the United States District Court in Northern California, is one of many around the world that are amounting to a bruising patent war. The two companies have repeatedly accused one another of copying the look and function of one another’s’ tablets and smartphones.
Indeed, at the same time that Cook and Choi were preparing to meet, Apple’s lawyers filed a motion asking the judge to prevent the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, claiming the Android-based tablet was designed “to mirror” Apple’s second-generation iPad, an alleged patent violation Apple said could cause its tablet business “irreparable harm.”