U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh urged CEOs of Apple and Samsung once again today to meet in an effort to settle the case. The Judge told legal counsel for both companies that she’d appreciate “if you can have your CEOs have one last conversation”, AllThingsD is reporting. “You can put your tables together and share,” Koh said. “As it is, only about a foot separates the counsel tables in the case”. Back in April, CEOs of the two companies met ahead of the trial to discuss settlements but did not lead to a resolution.
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“I see risk here for both sides if we go to a verdict,” Judge Lucy Koh said on Wednesday. She said that if the companies were just seeking to show the world they both have intellectual property positions relative to tablets and smartphones, then “message delivered.”
Koh also noted that if what the parties were seeking is an external valuation of their portfolios, they are also getting that from trial courts worldwide.
“It’s time for peace,” she said.
Attorneys for both companies agreed to at least a telephone meeting between the two companies.
The trial between the two tech giants kicked off at the beginning of the month, and is currently in its third week. Testimony in the case is due to wrap up on Friday or Monday, with closing arguments planned for Tuesday.