Talk about an interesting time to be a fly on the wall.
Like two heads of state meeting to negotiate peace talks and end a bloody war, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook is planning a tech summit of sorts with Samsung CEO Gee-Sung Choi. According to published reports Tuesday, the two titans of technology will sit down together in San Francisco to participate in "moderated settlement talks."
Interestingly enough, however, the meeting is generally scheduled to take place sometime within the next three months. "Within 90 days," reveals Foss Patents, "they will make another effort to settle their dispute. They will meet in a San Francisco courthouse for settlement talks that will be overseen by U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero."
If it strikes you as positive news that both sides want to meet and amicably resolve the dispute, think again. This settlement effort, we're told, is only "semi-voluntary." Judge Lucy Koh ordered the parties to "comment on their availability for an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) effort."
In this situation, they both had to be cooperative: if only one of them had made the CEO available, the other one would have appeared to be less than constructive.
Source: Foss Patents