Apple and Samsung are currently duking out their patent litigation in court.  The United States District Court judge Lucy Koh made a request that both companies have one last conversation to discuss  a settlement, before the jury has the final say.

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Both companies are fighting in court to seek financial compensation from damages, as well as bar each other from selling their products in the United States. Koh suggested that the companies narrow down their claims, as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has a laundry list of Samsung devices they want banned.

The trial officially started in early August and now they are in their third week. Next week, both companies will make their two-hour closing arguments.  Then the jury deliberations will begin.

It’s pretty obvious how this case will end. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will probably “win” the financial part of the lawsuit, and Samsung will have to make a few legal agreements with their competitor. I highly doubt that either company will bar each other from selling gadgets inside the United States, and I sure hope it stays that way.  Competition is good for business and good for the country. It wouldn’t be fair to let one company ban their competitor from selling similar products.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has long dominated the cell phone industry, since they introduced the original iPhone in 2007.  Now one tech company is not only offering a real alternative to the now ubiquitous iPhone, but they’re also stepping up to the plate by enhancing their phones with features Apple has yet to offer on their phones.  For instance, the Samsung Galaxy S III features a larger display, 4G capability, and better camera resolution.  When Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) releases the iPhone 5 (rumored to be next month), all of that could change, especially if the new Apple smartphones feature 4G LTE.