The judge in the Apple/Samsung case says it is time for peace
The judge in the Apple/Samsung case, Lucy Koh, has told both sides to find a solution before the jury reaches a verdict.
Koh asked the chief executives of both companies to speak to each other at least on the phone before the jury begins to discuss the verdict next week.
The judge said that it is time for peace.
The lawsuit is in its 3th week, but the judge told the lawyers that they had raised awareness about the importance of their rights in intellectual properties, but enough is enough.
Koh asked them to consider settlement because she sees massive risks for both companies.
Lawyers for both sides told the judge that they would pass the message to their bosses, who would consider to all questions and carefully make a decision.
However, the judge is right, if either side wins the case it could create a huge mess of the patent system in the US.
If Samsung wins, the iPad could be taken off the shelves and it will free the market from the domination of walled gardens.
And if Apple wins it could kill off most of their main competitor Android without having to provide any hardware of its own and will leave a clear field for Apple and Microsoft to rule the mobile marketplace.
As the judge points out, this is all too silly and it would be better for both sides to sort out outside of the courtroom.