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Apple, Samsung reportedly involved in settlement talks

Apple, Samsung reportedly involved in settlement talks
Ravi Mandalia

Apple and Samsung are busy ironing out difference ahead of the new patent infringement trial slated for November this year and according to reports the two companies are negotiating a cross-licensing deal to end the patent row.

A report on The Korea Times reported that the South Korean electronics giant is trying to sort out key differences with Cupertino. The talks have begun late last year and it seems that they have “come down to the issue of fees for Apple.” From the looks of it, Apple holds the key as to whether the deal will go through or not and if this deal doesn’t go through chances are the companies will continue to battle it out over their respective patent pools.

One of the sources in the report said, “Both companies are now finding better conditions to bring the settlement talks on their sides. That’s why they are paying keen attention to two upcoming separate decisions by the USITC.”

Back in June the USITC banned Apple from importing iPad 2 and iPhone 4 into the country after it found that Cupertino was violating some of the patents held by Samsung. However, the final decision would come in August as there is a 60-day review period wherein it is being decided whether Samsung has violated Apple’s patents or not.