The chief executives of Apple and Samsung are set to meet in the US on Monday in an effort to settle the firms' ongoing legal battles according to widespread reports.
The meeting, between Tim Cook and Gee-Sung Choi and their respective legal teams, is being held at the behest of judge Lucy Koh and will be overseen by magistrate judge Joseph Spero.
The two firms have been locked in numerous courtroom battles in the US, Europe and Australia. These have related to issues of both alleged patent abuse and design infringements on devices such as the iPad, iPhone, Galaxy Tab and numerous Samsung smartphones.
Both firms have achieved victory and counter-victory on several occasions, but there remains no end in sight to the litigation, hence the judge's order to meet in person to try and reach a settlement.
Cook has previously said he would be open to reaching an out-of-court settlement with Samsung, claiming he had "always hated litigation".
"If we could get to some kind of arrangement where we could be assured that's the case - a fair settlement had occurred - I'd highly prefer to settle versus battle," he said during a recent earnings call.
The two firms continue to lock horns in the smartphone market, though, with Samsung's Galaxy S3 device (pictured) looking to compete with Apple's hugely popular iPhone 4S and its eagerly anticipated iPhone 5, expected later this year.
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