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Negotiation In Theory And Business Practice / Apple vs. Samsung: Why Is It Always Good To Mediate Early..?



Negotiation: Apple Filed A Lawsuit Against Samsung…

  • For two days in late May, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Gee-Sung Choi met with a judge in the U.S. District Court of Northern California in an attempt to reach a settlement in a high-profile U.S. patent case, the Los Angeles Times reports.
  • Back in April 2011, Apple filed a lawsuit accusing Samsung of copying the “look and feel” of the iPhone when the Korean company created its Galaxy line of phones. Samsung countersued Apple for not paying royalties for using its wireless transmission technology. Since then, the number of patents under dispute has skyrocketed, according to the Korea Times, as has the number of courts involved in various countries. The two companies have repeatedly accused each other of copying the appearance and functions of their smart phones and tablet devices. / Negotiation /

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Negotiation: Showing Compromise…

  • Earlier in May, the companies showed some willingness to compromise in an effort to avoid going to court: at theCaliforniacourt’s suggestion, they cut the number of disputed patents in half. But even as the CEOs sat down at the table for their mediation, which was urged by the court, Apple filed a motion asking the presiding judge to bar the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 on the grounds that the tablet was designed to “mirror” Apple’s second-generation iPad. / NegotiationNegotiation(Source of Image: Samsung /)

Negotiation: Refusing To Back Down…

  • Both sides have said they hoped to avoid a legal battle. Given that Samsung is one of Apple’s biggest suppliers, the companies have a strong incentive to move beyond their dispute and build on their ongoing partnership. Yet the two-day mediated talks between the CEOs in late May ended in impasse, with both sides refusing to back down from their arguments. The suit is now scheduled to go to trial. / Negotiation /

Negotiation: Mediating For A Solution Early…

  • As this case suggests, mediation between business negotiators is far less likely to succeed when the parties are grudging participants than when they are actively engaged in finding a solution. When negotiators feel they have spent significant time and energy in a case, they may feel they have invested too much to quit. Moreover, the longer they spend fighting each other, the more contentious and uncooperative they are likely to become. The lesson? When a business dispute arises, do your best to negotiate or mediate a solution before taking it to the courts. / Negotiation /

Court Is The Most Costly Option… / Negotiation

  • Negotiation theory and practice proves that going to court is the last and always most costly option in terms of time and money.
  • Negotiators and mediators have to spend considerable time for developing creative negotiation approaches targeted at creating mutual value against the court option.
  • Finally, it is good for negotiators or mediators to be able to “see” the “big picture” of a business dispute separating it from the court option. It is for certain, that the situation is complicated when involves the proper handling of sensitive technology issues… / Negotiation /


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