Earlier this month, we reported Apple’s CEO Tim Cook and Samsung’s CEO Gee-Sung Choi agreed to an Alternative Dispute Resolution with Judge Lucy Koh in a California district court. The agreement, described as “semi voluntary” by media covering the case, would see the two chief’s and their legal counsels meet within 90 days for court-moderated, patent-related settlement talks. According to a new report from Foss Patents, Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero, who is overseeing the settlement talks, has now scheduled the meeting for May 21-22:
The meetings will take place in a San Francisco courthouse, while the litigation itself is before the San Jose division of the court… one of the things Magistrate Judge Spero wants the parties to do is to provide a settlement statement until May 9 including, among other things, “a candid evaluation of the parties’ likelihood of prevailing on the claims and defenses”
Not surprisingly, the mediation and statements submitted by both companies throughout the process will apparently remain confidential. In the report, while noting pending disputes between the two companies exist in as many as 10 countries, Foss Patents broke down how the court’s decisions could impact up to 31 countries:
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Anyway, with Apple’s infringement action in Spain, it’s a fact that offensive lawsuits between the two players are now pending in ten countries, but by another count, the number is actually — don’t be shocked — 31. Here’s why: Apple’s lawsuit in Alicante will relate to the entire European Union, which currently has 27 member states. Previously, there were infringement lawsuits in five of those countries (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Netherlands) and in four non-EU countries (United States, Japan, South Korea, Australia). 27 EU member states + 4 non-EU-member-states = 31.