Apple, Samsung set for new court clash as patent-related mediation talks fail

apple samsung set for new court clash as patent related mediation talks fail vs

We heard at the start of last month that Apple and Samsung had agreed to take part in a mediation session in an effort to reach an agreement on patent infringement issues regarding the companies’ latest mobile products.

Settling the issue would have meant the scrapping of a court case set for March in which Apple is accusing Samsung of infringing a number of its patents.

Well, the meeting has taken place, and you won’t be surprised to learn that the two sides failed to find common ground, meaning yet another trial will begin in California next month.

News of the impasse came via a joint filing with the US district court in San Jose on Friday, which stated that executives from the two tech titans – including Apple boss Tim Cook and Samsung co-CEO JK Shin – had faced each other in a full-day session, together with a mediator, earlier this month. Phone calls followed the meeting as the two sides sought to find a way through their long-running patent-related palaver, but the process ended in failure.

A joint statement by the two companies presented to US district judge Lucy Koh said, “Notwithstanding these efforts, the mediator’s settlement proposal to the parties was unsuccessful. Parties remain willing to work through the mediator jointly selected by the parties.”

Without any last-minute agreement, the pair will meet in court yet again in a matter of weeks, continuing a run of litigation that’s been taking place in courtrooms around the world for the last three years.

Whereas many of the continuing infringement disputes focus on old hardware made by the two tech companies, next month’s battle centers on more recent, bigger selling, devices – including Samsung’s popular Galaxy S3 smartphone – a factor which some observers believe could lead to an even larger damages payout than the near-$1 billion award handed to Apple in 2012 if Samsung is found to have infringed the Cupertino company’s patents.

[via WSJ]

Product Review

Screen snags aside, the Galaxy Fold is an exciting step toward a foldable future

Samsung's Galaxy Fold is the company's first foldable phone, with two screens, six cameras, and a dual-cell battery. The phone may be delayed due to display issues, but that doesn't stop us from asking -- what's it like to use?
Mobile

iFixit's teardown might show the reason the Galaxy Fold keeps breaking

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has arrived, and it goes on sale soon. Folding out from a 4.6-inch display to a tablet-sized 7.3-inch display, this unique device has six cameras, two batteries, and special software to help you use multiple apps.
Movies & TV

Skip the flowers and sunshine this spring and watch the best shows on Hulu

It's often overwhelming to navigate Hulu's robust library of TV shows. To help, we put together a list of the best shows on Hulu, whether you're into frenetic cartoons, intelligent dramas, or anything in between.
Movies & TV

Best new podcasts: The Ballad of Billy Balls, Decomposed, and more

Feel like you’re drowning in podcasts? In this weekly series, we’ll help you pick out the best of the new and returning shows. This week’s picks include a punk love story, disappearing referees, gun court, and intriguing tales from…
Mobile

Which smartphone has the best camera? We found the sharpest shooters

They say that the best camera is always the one you have with you and that makes your smartphone camera very important indeed. Join us for a closer look at the best camera phones available right now.
Mobile

We tried all the latest and greatest smartphones to find the best of 2019

Smartphones are perhaps the most important and personal piece of tech on the planet. That’s why it’s important to pick the best phone for your individual needs. Here are the best smartphones you can buy.
Apple

Leaked memo: If your MacBook keyboard dies, Apple will fix or replace in one day

If your Apple MacBook keyboard is problematic, getting it fixed at a Genius Bar just got a lot easier. Apple has now mandated that its Geniuses repair or replace MacBook keyboards by the next working day.
Mobile

Step into Childish Gambino’s musical universe with the Pharos AR app

Childish Gambino seems to be on a mission to take over everyone's smartphones. Now you can experience his musical and visual universe through his new Pharos AR app, available on Android now and iOS soon.
Mobile

Need a minute to yourself? Buy some alone time with the best tablets for kids

Looking to keep those tiny fingers and brains busy? Tablets aren’t just for grown-ups, and many are kid-friendly! Here's our list of the best tablets for kids, with parental controls and plenty of tempting features to satisfy your…
Mobile

Bigger isn’t always better: 5 of the smallest smartphones worth buying

Phones are getting larger and larger, but what options exist for the small-of-hand, or people who just want a phone they can use one-handed? In a world of phablets, some of the smallest smartphones can still pack a punch.
Home Theater

Beats Powerbeats Pro: Everything you need to know about the earphones

Apple will release a fully wireless pair of earphones in May from its Beats brand. The Powerbeats Pro earphones have impressive features to compete with the AirPods, along with a litany of other options. Here's everything we know.
Mobile

Waze vs. Google Maps: Which map app should you be using?

Waze and Google Maps are two of the most popular apps for those looking for turn-by-turn navigation, yet there are some notable differences to point out. Here, we examine both to decide which offers the best feature set.
Mobile

Google Assistant for Android and iOS wants to tell you a story

Just in time for National Tell a Story Day on April 27, Google has added the ability for Google Assistant for iOS and Android to read you a story. So now there's no excuse for not catching up with a good book.
Mobile

Bothering the bots: Funny questions and commands to pose to Google Assistant

Communicating with Google Assistant can be a chore. Luckily, there are plenty of fun questions and commands to add a little entertainment to your oft-rigid conversation. Here are some of our favorites.