"Are there trades that can be made?" U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh asked lawyers from both companies, adding that she hoped there could be some "horse trading" between the two before the jury sits down to decide the winner.Koh spent much of the week asking both companies to sort out some of the claims -- which center on patent infringement -- in order to shorten the instructions she'll have to provide to the jurors who will decide the case.
The judge's plea follows her polite request yesterday that Apple and Samsung CEOs call one another once more to talk settlement. "I see risks here for both sides," Koh said at the time, suggesting that the jury could end up coming down on both companies.
Koh said she was "pathologically optimistic" the two were going settle before it reaches that point.
Apple's damages expert, who laid out the the monetary claims against Samsung earlier this week, estimated that Apple wants the South Korean technology giant to pay out between $2.5 billion and $2.7 billion. Samsung damages expert Michael Wagner, slated to testify today, will counter with Samsung's own figure.