As ordered by US District Judge Lucy Koh, Tim Cook reportedly met with Samsung’s CEO and President of Mobile Communications earlier this week to discuss the ongoing patent war between the two companies.

Apple and Samsung’s two-year long battle has recently landed them in Koh’s northern California courtroom. And with the trial set to kick off on July 30th, the judge wanted them to give peace talks one last shot…

The Korea Times is reporting that Apple’s Tim Cook, and Samsung’s Choi Gee-sung and Shin Jong-kyun, met in the US on July 16th in an effort to reach some sort of agreement regarding their numerous patent suits.

Boy, to be a fly on the wall in that conference room, listening to some of the tech world’s most powerful leaders discuss one of today’s hottest topics. It makes you kind of wonder what kind of negotiator Tim Cook is.

Curiosity aside, this is the second time the two companies have met in the last three months, and it comes amidst a ton of recent courtroom activity. A few weeks ago, Apple won a pair of preliminary injunctions against Samsung here in the US. And just yesterday, Samsung was awarded a major victory in the UK.

As of right now, it seems like the trial is still on, indicating that the two sides once again left their meeting in a stalemate. And that means we’ll have to put up with talking about patents for a little while longer.

But hey, at least Koh rejected their secrecy requests. Maybe something interesting will surface during the trial.

[TheNextWeb]

  • Samsung does copy apple, at least google knows how to make there own Ui and do not copy Siri. Svoice=Siri is a perfect example. Samsings new store looks almost identical to the apple store they even where the same shirts pretty much . And that’s just a few examples…

    • And LG has copied from Samsung. Point?

      “at least google knows how to make there own Ui and do not copy Siri. Svoice=Siri is a perfect example.”

      I’m pretty sure other handset manufacturers make their own UI. Sense, TouchWiz, Motoblur, etc. And as far as S-Voice is concerned, it may be similar to Siri, but it has more features. Can you wake up your iPhone by saying “Hi iPhone”? I think not.

      “Samsings new store looks almost identical to the apple store they even where the same shirts pretty much.”

      And? That’s like saying if you’re trying to do something, and someone else succeeds, would you not look at what they did and try to imitate it? They may look the same but the products differ exponentially.

      “And that’s just a few examples…”

      I’m going to quote Steve Jobs here, and leave it at that. “A good artist creates, a great artist steals.”

      • a tim cook quote-

        “We do not put all our hard work in the painting just to have someone else put there name on it”

        Siri still is way more advanced then Svoice I’m not going to be in a restaurant and say hi iPhone Im just going to unlock it…..

      • But Cook’s quote only contradicts what Steve Jobs said. At that point it’s already stolen.

        And I agree somewhat, Siri and S-Voice both have their differences. Siri is much more accurate, whereas S-Voice has more capability. And even if you said “Hi iPhone” you’d still be unlocking it? The latter part made no sense at all, apart from unlocking it by hand.

      • You just confirmed that Samsung are thieves! So regardless of anything you have to stay; Apple are in their right to protect their IP and Samsung are in the wrong. I have seen more than enough to know that Samsung are not original with their UI, not at all! It is a clear copy of iOS with slight changes to make the difference. Everyone knows is, Samsung should just penny up.

      • ROFL, Yeah, Samsung stole all the features Siri didn’t have and put them into their product. You’re right. Apple can’t protect stolen features, all the iPhone is, is a mixture of stolen features that even Jobs himself admitted too.

        “I have seen more than enough to know that Samsung are not original with their UI, not at all! It is a clear copy of iOS with slight changes to make the difference.”

        You contradicted yourself in the last sentence. It can’t be a copy if changes were made to make a difference. You said it yourself, it’s different.

        “Everyone knows is, Samsung should just penny up.”

        Penny up for what? The fact that they’re doing better than Apple because they know how to innovate? Even IF Samsung did copy Apple, then why aren’t Apple’s products more popular? If Samsung copied Apple and everyone knows it, why aren’t people just leaving Samsung for Apple?

        Your whole argument is invalid.

      • *knows this

  • jonathanbond1001100

    i can see so many android fanboys trolling here lately.

    & here they come….

    • And when they come, I’ll be ready for them.

      • jonathanbond1001100

        you’re ready for yourself?

      • Irrelevant. Perhaps if you paid attention more you’d realize I’m not pro-Android. I currently own an iPhone 4S and stand behind it. I dislike Apple, not the products. Android is easily the best competitor to iOS, but I don’t support it, and I don’t support iOS either. I’m a fan of almost every OS ever made, and not one is better than the other. I consider them all equals and have a in-depth knowledge on all of them. I combat fanboys all the time, if you haven’t noticed. It’s quite fun really. Lol