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Apple, Samsung CEOs Couldn’t Reach Patent Deal, Lawyer Says

August 20, 2012

The chief executive officers of Apple Inc. (AAPL:US) and Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) spoke about their patent dispute over tablet computers and smartphones and weren’t able to resolve it, a lawyer for Samsung said.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, had requested that Apple’s Tim Cook and Samsung’s Kwon Oh Hyun make a final effort at resolving the lawsuit before the case, which went to trial July 30, goes to a jury. Kevin Johnson, a lawyer for Samsung, told Koh at the end of court today that the CEOs were unable to resolve the lawsuit. Johnson didn’t give any details about the conversation.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, sued Samsung in April 2011, accusing it of copying patented designs for mobile devices, and Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung countersued. The case is the first to go before a federal jury in a battle being waged on four continents for dominance in a smartphone market valued by Bloomberg Industries at $219.1 billion.

As testimony in the trial drew to a close last week, Koh asked that the CEOs talk, and said she was “pathologically optimistic” they could settle their differences. Heads of the two companies met before the trial began and were unable to reach a settlement. The two sides reported Aug. 18 that they had made no progress in narrowing the claims in the suit.

A hearing intended to determine jury instructions and a verdict form concluded today. Closing arguments are scheduled to begin tomorrow and jury deliberations will follow.

The case is Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., 11- cv-01846, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).

To contact the reporters on this story: Jun Yang in Seoul at jyang180@bloomberg.net; Joel Rosenblatt in San Francisco at jrosenblatt@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Tighe at mtighe4@bloomberg.net; Andrew Dunn at adunn8@bloomberg.net


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