*[Updated:] Another report came in today regarding the Apple vs. Samsung hearing we reported on yesterday. Here's a direct quote from the FierceWireless article,It's great to see the Judge trying to get cooler heads to prevail. It'll be interesting to see if the two companies can really hash things out away from the courtroom.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.
The drama of Apple vs. Samsung just got a bit nastier from Apple. The company recently revised their lawsuit, and pretty much doubled the number of devices and patents they claim have been infringed by Samsung. Their amended lawsuit has an even harsher tone than their last one, stating that Samsung produced "products that blatantly imitate the appearance of Apple's products to capitalize on Apple's success." The devices now named in the lawsuit have gone from 14 to 28, and include the Samsung DROID Charge, Exhibit 4G, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Prevail, Galaxy S, Gravity, Infuse 4G, Nexus S 4G, Replenish, Sidekick, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Galaxy S II & others. Furthermore, Apple now claims that Samsung violated 8 utility patents, (increased from 5), and 5 design patents, (increased from 3).
On Friday, Samsung was scheduled to turn over some of the devices named in the suit, including the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 among others. There is still no word yet on whether the judge has ruled on Samsung's counter-suit, requesting that they have access to future Apple products like the iPhone 5 and iPad 3. It seems that Apple, rather than backing down from Samsung, has instead decided to fight even harder. As always, we will keep you informed of any new developments.
Source: Android.net via PhoneArena