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Apple and Samsung CEOs agree to mediation session over patent battle

The world's top two smartphone makers will take part in a mediation session to discuss patent infringements ahead of a trial in March.

Apple's Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook will meet with Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon on or before 19 February, together with in-house lawyers.

According to a court filing, the two companies will "discuss settlement opportunities" using a mediator "who has experience mediating high profile disputes".

The March case will be the third time in two years the two companies have gone to trial in California. Both previous cases have gone in favour of Apple, with juries awarding approximately $930 million (£565 million) in damages for patent infringement to the California-based company.

Last month patent violation claims by Samsung against Apple were dismissed from a South Korean court (opens in new tab), a case it had been hoping to win considering it was on home soil.

"We are disappointed by the court's decision," Samsung said in a statement at the time. "As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies, we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights."

The latest case, Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 11-1846, sees Apple seeking an order to ban sales of Samsung products in the US that infringe on patents that were at issue in the first California trial.

The products in question are no longer on the market, though Apple is concerned that if no injunction is achieved then Samsung will continue to release products that they claim to be in violation of its property rights.