The patent lawsuits beetween Apple and Samsung have been many and took place in courts all over the world.
The whole thing began about a year ago when Apple accused Samsung of copying its iOS devices, the iPhone and iPad wholesale, for its Galaxy line of products.
From the SlashGear story:
Now, after almost exactly a year, the two companies have been ordered to attend settlement talks within the next 90 days in San Francisco, which will be overseen by US Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero.
That said, the courts can only mandate that the two companies talk. They can't force them to settle.
In an effort to at least seem agreeable, however, both Apple CEO, Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung have agreed to attend the talks, probably the best sign that an end to the squabbling is a real possibility.
That, and Steve Jobs isn't around to push anyone into fighting back. Maybe Cook is better at arbitration and the two companies can stop spending money trying to keep the other down.
Then again, there is still a lot of resentment there and both companies will still be competitive in the marketplace, regardless of what is settled in court.