Now that both Apple and Samsung have delivered their closing statements the only thing that remains is the Jury’s decision, but before we hear that, Jude Lucy Koh has ordered Apple and Samsung to talk one final time to see if they can work things out or at least weed out some of their disagreements.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Kwon Oh Hyun will speak today via the telephone to see if they can work past their disagreements and at least settle a few of their patent disputes before the Jury lays down their judgement. Seeing how both companies have had these talks several times before—that went nowhere—I think it’s safe to assume that while they could settle a few disputes, they will not settle on a majority of them and the Jury’s decision will be the deciding factor. Of course, Samsung has a new CEO this time around and perhaps his negotiating is better than the previous CEO.
With Apple claiming Samsung owes them $2.5 billion in damages related to the Galaxy S line (plus court fees) and Samsung claiming Apple owes them about $400 million in patents that they’ve violated, who knows what can be worked out. Will Apple lower their demand to $2.1 billion, essentially absorbing the $400 million owed and call it a day? I highly doubt Samsung is willing to pony up that type of cashing so willingly.
Unless something is completely worked out today, the Jury could start their deliberation as early as tomorrow, as for how long the Jury could take making its decision, that’s still up in the air.