Executives from Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung have been holding talks to try and resolve the ongoing patent dispute between the companies, according to a lawyer representing Apple in the case.
The disclosure came in a court hearing Friday, when Apple ratcheted up the litigation between the two companies by claiming that more of Samsung's devices infringe on Apple's patents and trademarks.
At the hearing, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh spoke about the close business relationship Samsung has with Apple (Apple was Samsung's second-largest customer in 2010 after Sony, mainly for chipset purchases), "Can't we all just get along here?" asked Koh, according to Reuters.
Harold McElhinny, an attorney for Apple, said the patent dispute has received the attention of executives "at the highest levels" of the two companies.
"Can we get them together?" Koh asked. "They are in fact meeting and talking," McElhinny responded, without providing more details.
However, a Samsung spokesman sought to throw cold water on the idea. "We are unaware of any meetings or discussions between the two sides over this matter," Samsung spokesman Kim Titus told FierceWireless.