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Samsung exec hints cross-licensing as option in Apple suit

updated 11:21 am EDT, Mon May 21, 2012

Apple, Samsung CEOs to meet today in court-ordered talks

Samsung is still hoping to settle in its global legal disputes with Apple, Reuters reports. The head of the company's mobile division, J.K. Shin, spoke to journalists at a Seoul airport yesterday shortly before flying to the US. "There is still a big gap in the patent war with Apple but we still have several negotiation options including cross-licensing," he said. Shin is joining Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung to meet Apple CEO Tim Cook today for court-ordered settlement talks.

Until now, neither side has gone into specifics about settlement options. Cross-licensing would potentially allow both companies to continue making products without any design changes or paying extra royalties. With or without such a deal, both companies are likely to want to settle outside of court to avoid the time and expense of a trial, which could start July 30th if no agreement is reached.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What a joke

    Samsung wants to steal then get access to patents its stealing just so Apple can access FRAND patents that Samsung promised to license in a fair way. Yea, like in China where a company sells Apple a logo then decides that it did not really happen and now they want billions more.

    Truth and fair play are sorely lacking in the world today.

    nuff said.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Samsung is desperate

    Re: With or without such a deal, both companies are likely to want to settle outside of court to avoid the time and expense of a trial...

    Settle? As in Samsung paying Apple to drop the case? Never.

    Apple has all the money already. They're not after a little more money. They're simply protecting their intellectual property. Proprietary design that they've worked on for years. If Apple can't protect their intellectual property from copycats with patent law, then who in the world can?

    Samsung only has FRAND-encumbered basic technology patents that any and all organizations can use for "Fair, Reasonable, And Non-Discriminatory" licensing fees. Completely different from trade dress and proprietary hardware and software patents.

    Asking for a cross-licensing deal is a last resort. Samsung is placing themselves at the mercy of the court. Good luck with that.

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