The federal judge overseeing Apple and Samsung’s courtroom quarrel has urged the rivals to settle their differences before the case goes to a verdict.
Judge Lucy Koh asked chief executives of both companies to meet one more time to try and resolve their issues amicably, as the outcome of the case would be far worse for them if the decision goes to a jury.
“I see risk here for both sides if we go to a verdict,” Judge Lucy Koh said on Wednesday, adding, “It’s time for peace”.
Apple and Samsung executives have already met previously but were unable to reach an agreement. It’s unlikely they’ll want to meet again, but their lawyers have agreed to at least a telephone meeting.
Koh said that if showing the world their arsenal of patents was their real intention, then “message delivered”.
The tech titans have been embroiled in a global legal war for well over a year and are showing no sign of backing down.
Apple accused Samsung of ‘slavishly’ copying its intellectual properties - a charge Samsung vehemently denies, claiming it is Apple who copied the competition.
Apple is seeking $2.45 billion in damages for loss of profits allegedly caused by some 28 Galaxy devices sold in the United States. Whether it’ll be able to prove its claim to the jury remains to be seen, but we won’t have to wait too much longer to find out.
Testimonies from both parties are expected to be over by Friday or Monday, with closing arguments to be presented on Tuesday.
We’ll be keeping abreast of developments. So stay tuned.