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Apple and Samsung reportedly enter talks to settle patent disputes

20
May
2014

Apple and Samsung are once again holding talks to settle their patent disputes, and this time theyre both said to be focused on dismissing lawsuits and seeing their issues settled out of court, according to The Korea Times. The two companies have intermittently entered these discussions — some voluntarily, others court ordered — for years now, but with the companies second big court battle over and success on both sides waning, its looking increasingly likely that Apple could finally be interested in cutting a deal. Apple doesnt have an endgame strategy.One big signal of Apples growing willingness to settle came just days ago, when it and Google reached an agreement to end a long-running patent spat involving Motorola. Notably, the companies didnt agree to cross-license one anothers patents — just to dismiss ongoing litigation, effectively forming a ceasefire. Its also telling that Apple doesnt have another big lawsuit queued up with Samsung right now, as it did immediately following the end of their first big patent battle in 2012.

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