Apple, Samsung CEOs agree to mediation over patent dispute

The chief executives of Apple and Samsung have agreed to meet with a mediator to try to resolve some of the companies’ ongoing legal patent disputes.

Executives from the two companies met Monday to discuss settlement opportunities, attorneys for the tech giants reported Wednesday in a filing with the US District Court for Northern California. The discussions were in response to a federal judge’s that the two companies hold settlement talks before a new patent infringement trial is scheduled to begin in March.

The mediation will take place by February 19 with an unidentified mediator who has “experience mediating high profile disputes,” the companies said in their filing. In addition to the chief executives, three to four in-house lawyers will attend the mediation; no outside counsel will be in attendance, according to the filing.

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Posted in CNET on Jan 9th, 2014 by In The News Team   

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