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Samsung and Apple hold patent discussions

Two of the tech world’s heaviest heavyweights, Apple and Samsung, have met in a San Francisco courthouse for discussions about their ongoing patent battles.

It’s fair to say that the two companies are not the best of friends, being involved in court cases over patents around the world.

The mediation to try and resolve the warring companies’ differences was ordered by a US federal judge, so neither party had much choice. Nevertheless, the CEOs of both companies are currently thrashing out their differences in the US.

Apple vs Samsung

Apple’s Tim Cook and Samsung’s Choi Gee-sung are both at the talks which, if successful, could see an end to the various disputes around the world.

Apple and Samsung are battling it out in courtrooms in the US, South Korea, Australia and a number of European countries including Germany, France and the UK.

The dispute centres on the use of patented technology in smartphones and other mobile devices, with Apple claiming that Samsung has used a number of Apple’s patents in its smartphones and tablets without permission or the right licences.

Samsung vs Apple

But it’s not just Apple starting all the fights, Samsung has a few qualms of its own. The South Korean tech giant has accused Apple of violating Samsung patents for third generation mobile technologies, and is attempting to get the iPhone banned in a number of countries.

The talks are only taking place over two days, with today being the second day. In the (highly likely) event that some kind of agreement is not reached, a US trial will begin in July.

“There is still a big gap in the patent war with Apple but we still have several negotiation options including cross-licensing,”

said JK Shin, Samsung’s mobile division chief.

With neither side apparently wanting to back down, these talks could be little more than a legal formality for the two companies. So don’t be surprised if the patent battle rumbles on for a long time to come.