By Dow Jones Business News,
February 22, 2014, 08:51:00 AM EDT
By Yun-Hee Kim
Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. failed to agree on a settlement in their patent dispute in the U.S., setting
the stage for the two technology giants to face each other again in court in March.
In a joint filing with the U.S. district court in San Jose, Calif., the companies said that executives from both
sides, including Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and Samsung Co-Chief Executive J.K. Shin, met in February with a
mediator to try to settle, but they couldn't reach an agreement.
"The mediator's settlement proposal to the parties was unsuccessful," the filing said.
The result isn't surprising given the two companies in the past met to discuss mediation but talks did little to
bridge the divide. While both sides have said they want an amicable settlement, the animosity between the companies have
been growing as they compete for dominance of the smartphone market.
Without an agreement, Apple and Samsung will continue to fight it out in global courts over patent infringement, a
battle that began when Apple first sued Samsung in 2011 saying the South Korean company copied the design and feel of
the iPhone and the iPad. So far, the rulings have been mixed, depending on the country. In a high-profile U.S. case, a
federal jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple a combined $930 million for infringing Apple's intellectual property.
The March trial between the two companies involves a different set of Apple patents used in more recent Samsung
products such as the Galaxy S III smartphone. Since the coming trial involves newer products that were bigger sellers,
industry experts say there is a possibility of an even larger damages award if Samsung is found to have infringed
The latest development comes as both Apple and Samsung face slowing revenue growth as competition heats up in the
global smartphone market. Apple and Samsung remain the only smartphone makers with double-digit market shares, but their
combined share fell last year as more Chinese smartphone makers launch cheaper handsets. In 2013, Samsung's smartphone
market share was 31.3%, ahead of Apple's 15.3%, according to data from research firm IDC.
Daisuke Wakabayshi in San Francisco contributed to this article.
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