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US judge urges Apple and Samsung to reach global peace pact

07 Dec 2012
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The US judge presiding over the on-going patent battle between Apple and Samsung has told both parties that consumers would benefit from an outbreak of “global peace” between the two.

In the latest appeal hearing, the two tech giants are arguing over the $1bn damages a jury awarded Apple earlier this year.

Judge Lucy Koh raised laughs in the courtroom when she asked Apple's and Samsung's lawyers: “When is this case going to resolve?”, according to multiple reports.

“I’m not joking,” she then said. “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. I think it would be good for consumers and good for the industry.”

There appears to be little chance of that peace breaking out any time soon, though.

Samsung are in court to challenge how the jury came up with the $1bn damages figure awarded against it. Samsung has also argued that the ruling was invalid because one of the jury had failed to reveal a potential vested interest in the case.

For its part, Apple wants to add more Samsung devices into the mixing pot, with a view to getting higher damages or even a sales ban.

The US case is just one of scores of patent disputes winding their way through courtrooms across the globe.

At the heart of the dispute is Apple's grievance against makers of Android-based smartphones and tablets which it believes have ripped off its iPhone and iPad.

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