Last week, in response to U.S. District Judge, Lucy Koh, we reported how Apple’s lawyer, Harold McElhinny, of law firm Morrison Foerster, had been quoted as saying “high-level” executives from both Apple and Samsung were, (at the time), meeting to discuss the various patent and trademark disputes which had been covered in the weeks prior to the court hearing.
However, now, it appears this may not have been the case. Speaking exclusively to V3 today, an unnamed Samsung executive told the site, “We are unaware of any meetings or discussions between the two sides over this matter.”
Now hang on a moment. Is Samsung really expecting us to believe that Apple’s lawyer stood up in court, in front of a U.S judge, and claimed that the high-level executives of two companies had engaged in legal-related talks, when in fact they had done no such thing?
It all sounds a bit strange to us.
Weeks before the hearing, Apple COO, Tim Cook, was quoted as saying:
We felt the mobile communication division of Samsung had crossed the line, and after trying for some time to work out the issue, we decided we needed to rely on the courts.
Which leads us to believe these high-level talks did in fact take place, and Samsung, (for whatever reason), is trying to claim otherwise.
Still, this whole legal case the firms have built up against eachother doesn’t change the fact that Apple and Samsung are in fact in business together, with Apple’s orders for last year alone netting Samsung close to $5.7 Billion.[via ModMyi]