Google and Apple CEOs rumored to be having patent chats

Larry Page and Tim Cook, chief executives of Google and Apple, respectively, have been talking over the phone regarding the intellectual property issues between the two companies, according to sources who spoke with Reuters.

Page and Cook's phone conversation took place last week, according to Reuter's sources. The two executives are expected to continue their discussion in the coming weeks, although there is no firm date set. While last week's conversation did not result in any formal agreement, Page and Cook agreed to continue their discussion. Supposedly, a meeting between Page and Cook was scheduled for Friday, but was delayed for unknown reasons.

In addition to discussions between Page and Cook, other lower-level officials from both companies are also carrying discussions with each other. High-level communication is staying open between Apple and Google, in the wake of Apple's patent infringement victory against Samsung, which manufactures smartphones that run on Google's Android software. Samsung, of course, was found to be guilty of infringing on several of Apple's patents, and now owes Apple more than $1 billion.

Though the general topic of Page and Cook's discussion was patent issues, according to the anonymous sources, it is unknown what specifically was discussed. Whether they were discussing a truce over basic features in Android, as one source claimed, or settlement of disputes of varying depth, has not been revealed.

Source: Reuters

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Sure apple will be asking for a cross-licensing agreement plus 25$ per device or software that use their patent. Did it sound familiar?
Apple patents aren't worth the paper they're printed, apple just get accredited those ridiculous because surely they put a lot of butter in the hands of the patent examiner or they hire the Sasha Gray services' as mediator in the adjudication xD

Cook is willing to discuss the issue because he knows Google now has enough patents to cripple Apple if they chose to do so. Google wants to play nice, so it is up to Apple to decide if they want to gamble and lose.

fuzi0719 said,
Cook is willing to discuss the issue because he knows Google now has enough patents to cripple Apple if they chose to do so. Google wants to play nice, so it is up to Apple to decide if they want to gamble and lose.

Google doesn't want to play nice, they're going to use what they have as bargaining chips. This portrayal that Google is a "nice guy" after a lot of the crap that they've done is just silly.

And no, I'm not anti-Google or anything, I just don't particularly care for blind enthusiasm for a company. It's like the same idiocy behind those who root for EA being "for the gamers" in the EA vs. Zynga lawsuit.

fuzi0719 said,
Cook is willing to discuss the issue because he knows Google now has enough patents to cripple Apple if they chose to do so. Google wants to play nice, so it is up to Apple to decide if they want to gamble and lose.

Friend please, Apple and Microsoft's patent portafolios separately have enought to bring Android to its knees. So whay haven't they??? why should they when they can just have Google work their asses off improving Android while stealing ideas and making MS and Apple tonst of money at the same time. Why would Apple wanna do anything to ruin what just got them 1 bill from samsung and why the hell would MS do anything to ruin what makes them about 8 bucks for every android phone out there.
Google hasn't been around long enough to aquire the amount of patents that the big dogs have. They're just worried Apple can go after another phone maker company and ruin Android's rep. If that happens all other companies are gonna jump ship to WPOS or any other alternative out there before getting their wallets raped by Apple again.

trashoner said,

Friend please, Apple and Microsoft's patent portafolios separately have enought to bring Android to its knees. So whay haven't they??? why should they when they can just have Google work their asses off improving Android while stealing ideas and making MS and Apple tonst of money at the same time. Why would Apple wanna do anything to ruin what just got them 1 bill from samsung and why the hell would MS do anything to ruin what makes them about 8 bucks for every android phone out there.
Google hasn't been around long enough to aquire the amount of patents that the big dogs have. They're just worried Apple can go after another phone maker company and ruin Android's rep. If that happens all other companies are gonna jump ship to WPOS or any other alternative out there before getting their wallets raped by Apple again.

ROFL!!! Oh yeah, everyone is so anxious to get a WP. LOL!!!!! Apple is going to find their bullying is about to backfire. They refuse to negotiate FRAND patents from Motorola and Samsung and that is going to bite them in the ass. FRAND doesn't mean free, Apple needs to pay for what they use and stop ripping off others. They may get a free ride in the US, but other countries aren't so easily bought off. Android is not going away, it has nearly 70% of the world market in smartphones. Here in China, Nokia can't even give away phones for free, nobody wants them. Even iPhones are fading here, and this is the largest smartphone market in the world.

Google is so obsessed with Apple that they never treat them as the giant competitor they are. MS really really needs to pull the rabbit out of the hat and give these guys some medicine.

I wonder what an Apple-Google joint venture mobile OS with hardware made by Apple would look like. The possibilities.

Shadier said,
I wonder what an Apple-Google joint venture mobile OS with hardware made by Apple would look like. The possibilities.

The monopoly...


NO!

Shadier said,

Think of it in a perfect, non greed filled business world. Its beautiful.

Still no. Greed is fine. It will drive them to create better products. It's the patent system that is broke.

Sure, but only after Apple gets Samsung's money....muah haha.

Samsung is screwed in the back so hard if Apple and Google agree to a cross licensing.