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The judge ruling in Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung’s patent infringement case has asked the chief executives of the two companies to meet one more time in an attempt to reach a settlement. Judge Lucy Koh said that by proving they own intellectual property for smartphones and tablets, both companies had accomplished their respective mission and that if the jury were to deliver a verdict, both sides would be at risk.
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“I see risk here for both sides if we go to a verdict,” Koh told Apple and Samsung lawyers in a San Jose, California, federal court today. “I think it’s worth one more attempt…I apologize if they’re wasting their time.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook and top Samsung executives Choi Gee-sung and Shin Jong-kyun met in California on July 16. Cook and Samsung executives had also met in May following an earlier request by Judge Koh. Attorneys for both companies agreed to at least a telephone meeting between executives from the two sides.
“If you all had wanted is to raise awareness that you have IP on these devices, messages delivered,” Koh said. “In many respects, mission accomplished. It’s time for peace. If you could have your CEOs have one last conversation, I’d appreciate it.”
Apple sued Samsung after alleging that the Korean company copied its designs for the iPhone and iPad. Samsung countersued, saying Apple had infringed three of its wireless patents. The trial started on July 30 and is expected to be completed by August 24.
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