Apple and Samsung have apparently agreed sit down together and attempt to reconcile their long-running legal dispute outside the courtroom.
Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has given the tech giants the go-ahead to begin talks in front of a judge not involved in the court proceedings to hear out both sides in an attempt to settle their differences.
CEOs and lawyers of both companies are expected to meet on May 21st and 22nd starting 9.30am each day at the San Francisco courthouse. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero will be present to mediate any disagreements ahead of their real litigation in front of the San Jose division of the court.
Apple and Samsung have long accused each other of copyright and patents violations, with the former going as far as to claim the latter “slavishly” copied its iPhone and iPad designs on the Galaxy range.
They are currently embroiled in court battles in 10 countries. Apple has continuously tried to get a sales ban on Samsung devices, which include the first two Galaxy S smartphones and the Galaxy Tab, but has so far failed.
The decision comes as Samsung prepares for the launch of the highly anticipated Galaxy S3, due to be officially unveiled in London this Thursday.
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