The patent wars could be losing a major front in less than a month. According to the FOSS Patents blog, CEOs from Apple and Samsung are set to meet in a San Francisco court starting on May 21st, for federally mandated mediation and (hopefully) some settlement talks. If the two technology giants could hammer it out, it would be the end of a litigious dispute that's been raging for the better part of a year.
While there's no guarantee that this will happen, a licensing and/or settlement between Apple and Samsung could end various patent, trademark and other civil suits between the two companies around the world. So far the only sales injunction that's "stuck" is the original sales ban against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany, which was evaded with the modified Galaxy Tab 10.1N. The design changes in the V model can be seen in the updated Galaxy Tab 10.1 2 and the Galaxy Note 10.1, which adopt the wider body and front-facing speakers.
What are the odds of Samsung and Apple finally burying the corporate hatchet? Who can say. The mediation is the only thing that's mandated; they don't necessarily have to reach an agreement. But Apple's latest CEO Tim Cook seems more amenable to settlements and licensing than the late Steve Jobs, who famously declared "thermonuclear war" upon Android manufacturers. Here's hoping they can come to terms, so you won't have as many boring litigious stories on Android Community.
[via Droid Dog]