The chief executive officers of both Apple and Samsung have met in a US court for mediation, over a dispute in which the iPhone maker claims the Korean giant “slavishly” copied its products.

Earlier this year, Tim Cook and Choi Gee-sung were ordered to enter into mediation talks by a federal judge in order to try and resolve the numerous litigations involving the companies.

The case in the US involves 20 claims in ten countries and set for trial at the end of July, however, it has been hoped that at least some of the issues could be ironed out before court, Reuters reports.

Patent expert Florian Mueller tempered expectation that this mediation would provide any significant inroads into the legal wranglings between the pair.

“Under the present circumstances, the two companies’ delegations should spend a couple of fun days in Yosemite Park or Napa Valley, rather than meet in court only to pretend they’re being constructive,” he continued.

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