Apple Computer and Creative Technology stated in court that they remain open to a possibility to close the trial peacefully.
The two companies are warring each other over patents with Creative being the first one to throw the gauntlet on Apple accusing them that they used the patent used in their Zen player onto iPod.
Even the International Trade Council started its own investigation regarding this case.
With Apple holding 77% of the market, Creative is surely in a position to gain a large amount of money if the trial will end with Apple paying Creative for the use of their patent.
This believed also the people which have Creative shares as their price increased with 17% in the last 5 days.
Here is what Gamasutra learned :
Creative has claimed that Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs first learned of the company’s technology at a January 2001 tradeshow and approached a Creative employee. A month later, the two sides met and Creative said it felt there could be “joint business opportunities.” until Apple said there wasn’t enough “financial room” for two companies in the market.
Apple instead proposed that Creative license its technology to Apple, with Apple buying a stake in Creative’s portable digital media player business, Creative said in court papers. Creative said it turned the offer down, and Apple introduced the iPod.
Creative is the third in-place player on the mobile music player with 10%, while Apple holds 77% and SanDisk holds the second spot with about 11%.
If Creative will manage to get Apple to pay or what solution will they find (if they will find…) we will keep you posted.