Could Apple and Samsung finally come to a settlement agreement?
Since before the massive trial between Apple and Samsung began three weeks ago, residing judge Lucy Koh has repeatedly urged the two companies to settle their dispute out of court.
Finally, with the end of the trial closely approaching, the two companies finally agree to meet one last time before the jury receives its instructions.
"I don't mean to waste their time," Koh stated, discussing concerns for the possibilities of a hung jury and the ramifications of a verdict for both sides. With an army of expert witnesses taking the stand one after another, and numerous legal documents and exhibits to consider, it's no surprise Koh worries for the jury. Especially after the two companies can't seem to agree over the jury's final instructions before deliberations.
Earlier in the week, Samsung and Apple were able to agree on a number of instructions noted in a 30-page filing. Which is nice, until you consider the second 273-page filing outlining all of the disputes. Now with each of the two sides approaching the final hours of their allotted 25, both Samsung and Apple have brought up copious amounts of evidence to support their case.
Regardless of the verdict, both sides have clearly made their point and brought attention to their intellectual property, while spending a whole lot of money. If the two end up reaching a settlement agreement, we may finally see a civilized end to this arguably trivial feud. On the other hand, if the jury can't agree to a verdict we may end up with a mistrial and back to square one.