Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung Major Domo Gee-Sung Choi are scheduled to meet on Wednesday morning in the USA. Despite both Companies having tight manufacturing relationships the two have spent millions fighting each other in various courts around the world.The two will meet in San Francisco after a judge in the USA, Lucy Koh, who is currently presiding over lawsuits filed by Apple against Samsung alleging infringement of patents for both the iPad and iPhone, ordered the two to meet to discuss their differences.
This weeks meeting will be refereed by Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero. The outcome could have ramifications for the 47 lawsuits filed by the two Companies in nine other countries including Australia.
“Samsung is one of Apple’s biggest suppliers and it’s almost necessary for the delivery of iPhones,” said Adam L.K. Philipp, an attorney with Aeon Law in Seattle. “So the companies are highly motivated to come to a mutually bearable resolution to this.”
He predicted to PC World “They’re going to come up with some type of settlement and some business understanding that’s going to allow both of them to go forward without appearing to have lost.”
“If I were to go out on a limb,” he continued, “I would predict that there’s going to be some burying of the hatchet and then an announcement of some great new partnership initiatives.”
If that doesn’t happen, though, the companies will see each other in July in trial court.