Samsung, Apple CEOs to chat today about lawsuit, report says

Tim Cook will talk to Samsung's Kwon Oh Hyun in a telephone conversation, at the request for Judge Lucy Koh.

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Apple and Samsung are once again going to try to come to terms on their bitter patent lawsuit, a new report claims.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung chief executive Kwon Oh Hyun will hold a telephone conversation today to see if they can find a resolution to their ongoing patent dispute, Bloomberg is reporting, citing sources. The discussion comes after U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh asked the sides to meet and discuss their mutual differences.

But it seems highly unlikely that the sides will come to terms. Back in May, Judge Koh had asked Apple and Samsung to meet to discuss their differences. After spending 16 hours together over two days, the sides couldn't come to an accord, and proceeded with what has become a high-tension trial over alleged patent infringement.

Apple claims that Samsung has copied its products and is seeking $2.5 billion in damages. Samsung, meanwhile, has argued that it's Apple that infringes Samsung patents, and wants up to $399 million in royalties. The companies are so far apart -- and have so many legal battles being waged around the world -- that it seems unlikely a simple telephone call can solve anything.

If the talks fail to achieve some progress, the case will be turned over to the jury. According to Bloomberg, the jury deliberations could start as early as tomorrow.

CNET has contacted both Apple and Samsung regarding the Bloomberg report. We will update this story when we have more information.

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