Apple and its frenemy Samsung have been embroiled in a complex web of lawsuits spanning continents but now a resolution to the long standing patent dispute that has fascinated watchers around the globe could be within reach as the two technology giants are reportedly engaged in settlement talks, according to a Korean newspaper.

The unexpected development arrives hot on the heels of a surprising Reuters report last week confirming that Apple and Google put an end to a dispute with Motorola Mobility which Google inherited after snapping up Motorola 2011.

That agreement even has the two sides banding together on a patent reform, though it excludes cross-licensing of their respective mobile patent portfolio and Apple’s lawsuits with other Android makers like Samsung…

The Korea Times broke the news Monday.

The article cites people directly involved with the matter as confirming that Samsung Electronics and Apple “have recently agreed to begin talks to settle patent disputes out of court”, adding:

Samsung has recently resumed working-level discussions with Apple and the key issue is how to dismiss all lawsuits,” they said, declining to be named.

“Some more time will be needed to fix terms of details such as royalty payments in return for using patents owned by each before reaching a full agreement.”

Patent blogger Florian Müeller explains that Apple lacks a compelling exit strategy:

Apple doesn’t have an endgame strategy. Its agreement with Google shows that its management is looking for a face-saving exit strategy from Steve Jobs’ thermonuclear ambitions that were based on a totally unrealistic assessment of the strength of Apple’s patent portfolio.

He also said that “things should come to an end” during the summer.

As you know, Samsung was found guilty of copying patented iPhone technology and design in two major lawsuits in California, bringing the total amount of damages Samsung owes to Apple to about $1 billion.

Are you surprised hearing about the Apple-Samsung settlement talks?

Is this Apple’s face-saving exit strategy from Steve Jobs’s thermonuclear war on Android. And should the company pursue its current Android litigation strategy, do you think?

  • 空白

    No, I don’t think this is face-saving. This is just how it is. They can’t put Samsung out of business. They can’t destroy Andriod even though Steve wanted to. Not even he could have.

    Instead of getting pissed off and wasting money Apple needs to focus on it’s core business and it’s products. They need to do what Apple could always do and that’s make awesome products that, in my opinion, are better than anything else.

    Android isn’t going anywhere. Samsung isn’t going anywhere. Google isn’t going anywhere. No amount of litigation would affect that.

    As for me… I’m still buying the next iPhone regardless. My loyalty is with Apple and even if Android exists forever I won’t be getting one. Court battle or no court battle.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Well said however Apple (and indeed any inventors) deserve compensation if their patents have been infringed. However it makes a lot more sense to attempt to receive compensation outside of the legal system first and settle out of court. If this fails Apple would still have the opportunity of going the legal route with expensive litigation no matter how pointless it would be because lets face it lawyers are expensive and probably cost way more than the compensation Apple would receive (unless of course these expenses were paid by someone else)…

      • 空白

        Believe me bro I hear you and thanks. I’m on the side that’s fair. I think Apple has done what it set out to do. Prove that Samsung infringed on their patents and though they didn’t get a lot of money out of the case they accomplished that. But they can’t keep it going forever. I think all companies should invent their own technologies or pay to use others and continue to innovate. Not rip each other of and deny it when it’s obvious. I think Samsung is a s**t company and rips everyone off. Just look at the conglomerate as a whole and all of it’s different branches. That’s a big difference between them and Apple. But Apple needs to be better. They need to prove to the world that there are smartphones then there is iPhone.

  • BozzyB

    Because of the result of the last trial, also Apple realized that they could do this once – but not twice. The hype is over. You can not build a hardware device on ridiculous software patents which are mostly even prior art known from desktop or other machines. It wasn’t even about the patents – the reason was to find a way to stop Android from growing. Apple was way to slow to adapt to the market. Instead they thought they could fight the competitors by patent lawsuits.
    Now they are doing well to settle the fight because in the future they have to try following up the market: iOS constantly adapts feature of other OSs. Just take a look at iOS 6 and 7 and compare it to e.g. Android. iOS 8 will try even harder because its’s not enough even for the standard user not to be able to turn off e.g. the animated background. Thats why for alot of users jailbreaking is essential.
    Apple slowly awakes from their deep slumber. First action: bigger displays… And yes they should concentrate on “progress” instead of lawsuits…

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Your right in saying that Apple has been slow in the past to adapt to the competition. I personally would hope that this is all going to change though. I know Tim Cook has hinted many times in the past about relinquishing more control to users and developers and would hope that this happens sooner rather than later. I also doubt Apple will make the same mistakes with the iWatch and other products. I have no idea what Apple has in store for 2014 but I’m guessing it’s going to be big…

      • 空白

        Things are definitely changing and I’m certain for the better. But it’s on Apple’s time for it to do so. Timing is critical. I think we can expect great things from Tim. And great things from Apple and it’s team.

  • @dongiuj

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    “Are you surprised hearing about the Apple-Samsung settlement talks?”

    Somebody please pinch me so I can confirm I’m still awake and not in fact dreaming. Yes I’m surprised! This would never happen under Steve Jobs. Perhaps this is a sign that Apple has matured a lot since then? If iOS must co-exist with other operating systems (and let’s face it, it does) then it makes a whole lot of sense to settle patent infringement outside of court.

    • 空白

      Hell no. Steve would probably have gone to jail for contempt.