“Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd agreed that their chief executives would participate in settlement talks to try to resolve a patent lawsuit over smartphone and tablet technology, according to a court filing,” Dan Levine reports for Reuters.

“In a court filing late on Monday, both companies agreed to the settlement conference. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh on Tuesday then referred the companies to a San Francisco-based magistrate judge who will lead the talks,” Levine reports. “Along with Apple chief executive Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung, both companies’ general counsels will also participate, according to Koh’s order.”

Levine reports, “The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California is Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al, 11-1846.”

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Florian Mueller reports for FOSS Patents, “Within 90 days, they will make another effort to settle their dispute. They will meet in a San Francisco courthouse for settlement talks that will be overseen by U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero.”

“This settlement effort is only semi-voluntary. Judge Lucy Koh, the federal judge presiding over the two Apple v. Samsung lawsuits in the Northern District of California, ordered the parties to comment on their availability for an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) effort,” Mueller reports. “In this situation, they both had to be cooperative: if only one of them had made the CEO available, the other one would have appeared to be less than constructive.”

Mueller reports, “A similar effort took place between Oracle and Google last fall (and again a few weeks ago) — but now they’re battling it out at a trial that started yesterday. The courts can obligate parties to meet and talk, but they can’t force them to settle. “

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MacDailyNews Take: Let the fruitility commence!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “JayinDC” for the heads up.]

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