Is Samsung Playing in the Same Ballpark as Apple?

The Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday, July 20-21, 2013



Electronics Giants Hold Private Negotiations on Patent Disputes; Reasons to Settle, by Ian Sherr

“Apple Inc. and Samsung electronics Co. have held a series of private negotiations about their patent disputes since Apple notched a victory in one case last summer, according to legal documents and people familiar with the matter.

In the negotiations, described sparingly in heavily redacted documents from the U.S. International Trade commission (ITC) made public earlier this month and by people familiar with them, Samsung has pushed for a broad patent cross-licensing deal that could settle all outstanding litigation between the companies. It is unclear whether Apple was interested in such a deal…”

From the ITC as quoted in this article: “The fact that representatives for both parties were able to reach a memorandum of understanding…indicates that Samsung is negotiating in good faith and, to be colloquial, is playing in the same ballpark as Apple.”

At least one of the teams is not out of the ballpark, but is in there with the other team.  These idioms are used a lot of negotiations, for example:  Give me a ballpark figure or that figure is out of the ballpark.



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