Apple and Samsung bosses go face-to-face to end patent war
Apple boss Tim Cook and Samsung chief Choi Gee-sung will meet face-to-face to try and end the legal dispute over patents.
Bosses of Apple and Samsung have agreed to a sit-down to try and resolve their bitter war over technology patents.
Reuters reports a San Francisco judge will referee the meeting between the two technology giants, currently locked in international legal warfare over similarities between their tablets and smart phones.
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At issue is Apple's contention that Samsung Galaxy smart phones and Galaxy Tab tablets copy the market-leading and iPad. Both sides have gone to court in various countries to claim that the other is violating their patents -- like copyright for inventions -- in various small details of hardware and software, even managing to ban some products temporarily.
It's not just Samsung in Apple's sights, however. As the most successful manufacturer of phones using Google's Android software, Samsung is the biggest target. Apple founder Steve Jobs declared , and Apple's overall aim is to give Android a kicking. It's also launched patent scraps against , and .
, but the 20 court cases have seen assorted skirmishes in 10 countries over such trivialities as and even .
It's in the two companies' interests to resolve their diffculties, as -- like many technology companies -- they actually work together behind the scenes. Samsung has long made chips used in some Apple products, for example.
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