Rumor Mill: Apple-Samsung meeting produces no patent truce

A hotly anticipated series of meetings Monday and Tuesday between Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook and Samsung Electronics CEO Choi Gee-sung to try and resolve a long-simmering patent dispute between the smartphone giants did not produce any agreement, according to a Korea Times report.

The report, citing an unnamed Samsung official, said that the two sides, which brought along their general counsels, could find no agreement. An Apple representative in South Korea declined to comment, according to the report.

In April, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh directed the companies to a San Francisco-based magistrate judge, Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero, who led the talks at an undisclosed San Francisco court house.

The two companies, the world's two largest smartphone makers in the first quarter, have been locked in a worldwide patent battle since last year. Apple first sued Samsung in April 2011, claiming that Samsung "slavishly" copied its iPhone design. Samsung countersued and since then the patent battle between the companies has spread to multiple continents, generating dozens of cases in 10 countries.

"There is still a big gap in the patent war with Apple but we still have several negotiation options including cross-licensing," J.K. Shin, the head of Samsung's mobile division, told reporters in South Korea shortly before his departure for the United States, according to Reuters.

For more:
- see this Korea Times article
- see this The Verge article

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