Kaylie Moise, December 7, 2012
In the seemingly never-ending court battles between Apple and Samsung, Judge Lucy Koh voiced her own opinion in the courtroom yesterday, asking for “global peace” between the two companies.
Her comments received a few chuckles but she went on to explain her point: “I’m not joking… I’ve said this all along. I think it’s time for global peace… If there is any way this court can facilitate some sort of resolution, I’d like to do that. It would be good for consumers and good for the industry.” Despite this plea, Samsung said it was “willing to talk,” while Apple argued Samsung’s $1 billion fine was just a “slap on the wrist.”
Apple went after Samsung’s design decisions, saying Samsung takes designs to the limit of what they think they can get away with legally. Samsung threw back that Apple just wants to “compete through the courts rather than the marketplace” and was using the courts as a smear campaign.
In his interview yesterday with NBC’s Brian Williams, CEO Tim Cook commented on the situation. He admitted that his relationship with Samsung, which is one of Apple’s biggest component suppliers, is “awkward.” Cook also said that they had “no other choice” and that “in a perfect world,” companies would “invent their own stuff.”
Unfortunately, it looks like Judge Koh’s plea for global peace will go unheard as Apple and Samsung continue to bicker in the courtroom.
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