Samsung, Apple to Try and Settle Disputes

Shin Jong-kyun (left) and Tim Cook Shin Jong-kyun (left) and Tim Cook

Samsung mobile business chief Shin Jong-kyun and Apple CEO Tim Cook plan to meet and negotiate a possible settlement of their global patent suits and counter-suits. The two sides are looking for an amicable settlement ahead of the second round of a U.S. trial around March or April.

Samsung said the company submitted a "proposal for settlement discussions" to the Northern District Court of California on Jan. 8 as ordered by the court.

Earlier, Samsung and Apple staff met on Jan. 6 to discuss their proposals. They agreed to meet again before Jan. 19 to discuss a possible settlement.

But it is unclear whether a settlement can be reached due to the substantial differences that remain between the two sides. The CEOs of both companies plan to attend the settlement discussions.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 13, 2014 10:47 KST