A new report this week confirmed Apple and Samsung couldn’t settle their differences outside of court. Earlier this month, rumors out of Korea claimed mediation between the two companies broken down, and neither was willing to budge without a court’s intervention. Now the two have filed a joint report, via Foss Patents, revealing the two indeed “did not reach an agreement.” Both companies are scheduled to meet back in court on March 31.
Apple and Samsung Electronics have failed to settle their latest patent dispute despite a daylong meeting between top Samsung executives and Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, hosted by a mediator earlier this month. The companies detailed the lack of progress in a court filing on Friday. Judge Lucy H. Koh of the United States District Court in San Jose has been pushing the sides to settle the two-year-old case. While the two sides said they remained willing to work through a mediator, the lack of a settlement points them toward a trial in March. Apple and Samsung, the world’s top two smartphone makers, have waged legal battles over mobile devices since Apple accused Samsung of copying the iPhone and the iPad in 2011. Later, Samsung claimed that Apple had used its technologies without permission, expanding battles to courts in Asia, Europe and North America.