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Apple and Samsung Seek An End to their Patent Battles

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Apple and Samsung have agreed to seek mediation in their ongoing patent battles, according to a court filing they submitted.

Apple's Tim Cook and Samsung's Oh-Hyun Kwon will meet within a month with an independent mediator to see if they can find some middle ground in the tit-for-tat patent wars.

Since he took over at the head of Apple, Tim Cook has not wavered in the patent war sparked by his predecessor, but has indicated at times that he might be more open to some sort of deal to end the ruinous legal disputes.

Senior legal executives for both companies also met early this week to hold talks on "settlement opportunities".

The move also follows on from a request by the Californian court hearing the main patent dispute between the companies to call in a mediator to try and extract themselves from the impasse.

The mediator "who has experience mediating high-profile disputes" has not been named.

The case is Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 11-1846.

The companies are involved in around 50 lawsuits around the world.

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