A few days ago I was saying that there were high hopes for this week’s cross-licensing talks between Apple and Samsung, with both sides - judging by recent quotes - appearing to have softened over the past few months.
Alas, far from being cool and ironing out a sweet deal, the talks were nothing more than a waste of freakin’ time.
That’s the word from The Korea Times, as relayed by 9to5mac. Ready for some stories? The Korea Times piece explains:
“Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung and Shin Jong-kyun, head of the firm’s mobile division, left Seoul Sunday for the United States to meet Apple CEO Tim Cook by order of the Northern District Court of California, in an attempt to settle the patent fight without going into costly legal proceedings.
“The two technology giants could find no clear agreement through the talks, according to a Samsung official. Apple Korea declined to comment on the matter.”
Suggestions that the companies' lawyers celebrated with a massive barbecue and fireworks display are unconfirmed, but almost certainly true.
Samsung maintains that Apple should pay royalties for using its wireless transmission tech, while Team Cook is adamant that Sammo has ripped off the design of the iPhone and iPad.
The battle is set to continue with a trial commencing June 27. Sigh.