Apple and Samsung fail to settle patent dispute in California

A news report has said that the two companies are working towards a settlement

By , IDG News Service |  IT Management

Samsung did not agree not to argue, as it had done in the past, that Apple's interest in pursuing an alternative dispute resolution reflected a willingness to license Samsung to Apple's patents, according to Apple. The iPhone and iPad maker held out the possibility that it may engage in fresh discussions with Samsung if the South Korean company gave assurances that it will not use Apple's participation to resist an injunction or reduce a royalty in any of the worldwide litigations, and that Samsung is genuinely interested in reaching a resolution of the issues.

The condition being imposed by Apple for discussions would be a non-issue if it were truly interested in a global resolution of all cases between the parties, Samsung has argued in the filing.

The statements attributed to Samsung's counsel have "little, if anything" to do with the company's willingness to discuss a settlement. The statements were in connection with Samsung's belief that parts of the juries' verdicts will not withstand appeal, Samsung said.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

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