Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics have agreed to attend a mediation session to be held on or before February 19, as they prepare to clash in court in March over smartphone patents.
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon will attend the session with in-house lawyers only, according to a Wednesday court filing. Their legal teams had met on January 6 to "discuss settlement opportunities," the filing read.
Neither company immediately return messages seeking comment.
Apple and Samsung are embroiled in a legal battle over smartphone patents across several countries that mirrors their global battle for supremacy in the mobile device market.
The technology rivals are facing a March trial date in the United States over Apple's claims that Samsung infringed its patents.
Apple said in court documents filed in December that it has paid its leading outside law firm approximately $60m to wage patent litigation against Samsung.