Well, yes and no. And it’s certainly not by choice – It’s court ordered.
It seems the US legal system has had enough of all the patent disputes and sent them into settlement talks to at least limit the number of battles making it to the court room. And they’ve both agreed! The CEOs of both Apple and Samsung along with their bands of lawyers with ensconce themselves in a room and decide if they’re going to fight all the battles for patents they’ve already begun.
I guess hope is in the air then? Maybe not so much, as you go further into statements issued about the “meet and confer process” you get a feel for just how much stuff they have to dredge through. One of the main issues is whether either one of them want to use testimony from the others experts – Apple wants Samsung’s dismissed because of when it was entered, and Samsung want Apple’s dismissed because they say it is opinion rather than fact:
For example, one of Apple’s experts opines on the “cultural significance of Apple design” — a topic not at issue in this action and his report is replete with his personal subjective opinions, such as “Apple’s attention to design allows people a feeling of symbiosis with their electronic tools, creating a feeling that one’s device is an extension of oneself” and anecdotes about his vacation in Spain. Another Apple expert opines about the fact that “Apple is “known for design”, and has “design in Apple’s DNA”, again, testimony that is not “expert” in any sense.
Despite all the too-ing and fro-ing that’s taking place, it’s good to hear that both parties seem to want to work things out (a bit), and the presence of top management in the form of Tim Cook and Choi Gee-sung gives me a bit of hope that this will be over soon.