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Samsung Has “Options” In Legal War With Apple

Samsung still has possible negotiation tools at its disposal, when it comes to settling the legal war the company has been fighting with Apple, according to mobile boss JK Shin.

Samsung and Apple certainly have an odd relationship. On the one hand, Samsung manufactures a lot of kit for the Cupertino company, yet they drag each other through the courts across the globe on a regular basis, flinging patent infringement accusations.

Previously, we'd heard mention of the fact that the chief execs of both firms agreed they should meet to resolve some sort of settlement to these many legal disputes (when we reported on Apple's recent appeal court victory over Samsung in the US).

Now JK Shin has told reporters that: "There is still a big gap in the patent war with Apple but we still have several negotiation options including cross-licensing."

Shin was with chief executive Choi Gee-sung, going over to America to attend a meeting with Tim Cook, the Apple CEO, in a US court scheduled for today. The idea is to resolve the patent disputes over both smartphones and tablets.

So we may see some manner of resolution yet, but we won't be holding our breath.

Apple recently whipped a massive DRAM order away from Samsung, and gave it to the Japanese based firm Elpida instead, costing Samsung a reported £6.3 billion off its market value as stock dropped by over 6 per cent last week. That's unlikely to make negotiations run any smoother.

Source: Reuters