Saying "it's time for peace," a federal judge on Wednesday urged the CEOs of Apple and Samsung to try one last time to settle their legal feud before a jury decides their multibillion-dollar smartphone and tablet war.
With the trial in its third week, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh told lawyers for the two sides to have the executives speak, at least by phone, before the case goes to jury deliberations next week. Lawyers for both companies assured Koh that Samsung CEO Choi Gee-Sung and Apple CEO Tim Cook would consult again.
The two executives met in court-ordered settlement discussions before trial, but could not resolve their differences.
Koh said that Apple and Samsung had already proven to
the world that "there is (intellectual property) in their devices," adding: "Mission accomplished.
"I see risk here for both sides," the judge said.
Apple has sued Samsung, alleging the South Korean tech giant has "slavishly copied" the iPhone and iPad. Apple is asking the jury to award at least $2.5 billion in damages, and would ask the judge to block continued sales of a variety of Samsung devices in the United States if a jury agrees with their claims.
Samsung denies copying Apple's products in its smartphones and tablets, and has countersued Apple, alleging the Cupertino company has infringed some Samsung basic patents.
Apple has rested its case and Samsung is now presenting its witnesses.
Closing arguments are expected Tuesday, and the jury is likely to begin deliberating by the next day.
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