“A U.S. judge asked that the chief executives of Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd speak to each other at least once on the phone before a jury begins deliberating next week in the high-stakes patent trial between the two tech giants,” Dan Levine reports for Reuters. “‘It’s time for peace,’ U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said on Wednesday in a San Jose, California, federal court, just miles from Apple’s headquarters.”

Apple accuses Samsung of copying the design and some features of its iPad and iPhone, and is asking for a sales ban in addition to monetary damages,” Levine reports. “The U.S. trial is now in its third week. Before the jury was brought into the courtroom on Wednesday, Koh told attorneys for the companies that they had succeeded in raising awareness about the importance of their intellectual property rights.”

“Top executives from both companies had participated in mediation with a U.S. magistrate judge before trial, but Koh asked them to explore settlement once again. The nine-member jury is scheduled to begin deliberations next week,” Levine reports. “‘I see risks here for both sides,’ Koh said.”

MacDailyNews Take: Which part of the following quote does this misguided busybody Lucy Koh not grasp?

Our lawsuit is saying, “Google, you fucking ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off.” Grand theft. I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go to thermonuclear war on this. They are scared to death, because they know they are guilty. Outside of Search, Google’s products — Android, Google Docs — are shit. – Steve Jobs

Let the jury decide, honey. Your time in the spotlight is coming to a close.

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