Apple, Google CEOs’ In Talks To Settle Patent Disputes

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Reuters reports that Apple’s CEO Tim Cook and Google’s CEO Larry Page have been discussing about the patent disputes between the two companies.

Though Apple hasn’t sued Google directly, it has sued manufacturers’s of Google’s Android based smartphones such as Samsung for copying its products.

Google appeared to distance itself from last week’s $1 billion verdict in favor of Apple, by saying that the patent claims “don’t relate to the core Android operating system.”

Reuters now reports:

Google Inc CEO Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook have been conducting behind-the-scenes conversations about a range of intellectual property matters, including the ongoing mobile patent disputes between the companies, according to people familiar with the matter.

The two chief executives had a phone conversation last week, the sources said. Discussions involving lower-level officials of the two companies are also ongoing.

The CEOs  and other officials of the two companies are apparently working on a settlement involving disputes over basic features and functions in Google’s Android operating system. It’s unclear whether the executives are discussing a much broader settlement of patent disputes between the two companies.

Apple had stepped its rivalry with Google in the last few months by launching its all-new Maps app, which replaced the Maps app that used Google’s mapping data and also removing the YouTube app in iOS 6

Steve Jobs had explained to his authorized biographer, Walter Isaacson, that this aggression against Android-based smartphone manufacturers was meant to communicate a message:

“Google, you f–king ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off. Grand theft.” Jobs swore he would “spend my last dying breath” and “every penny” in Apple’s coffers “to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go to thermonuclear war on this.”

However, recent reports have suggested that Apple may abandon its thermonuclear war against Android under Tim Cook. It remains to be seen if it would result in a settlement between the two companies.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments below.

[via Reuters]

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  • AT&T Rapes Me

    I want to see Apple go thermonuclear on android

    • Risto Ott

      Whats wrong with you? What would you accomplish wishing others harm? Its not a fanboy talking its a s*upid kids talk.

      • Jeremy Taco Patterson

        I agree with AT&T, Steve Jobs would have exploded before he would “settle” with Google. Cook better make damn sure he knows what he is doing because the board LOVED Jobs dearly and if he does something that goes against Steve’s wishes, he just may be looking for the ripcord on his golden parachute.

        I am afraid he doesn’t have enough of Apple in him to make him truly push the company further ahead like Steve would have…

      • AT&T Rapes Me

        Android is a stolen product you should not be able to make billions of dollars off of stealing, that’s not right! all you have to do is pay for the patent and all this would be over

        • Phascinate

          Who cares who stole from who? Google saw that phones with touch screen OSes were getting popular, so they were like “let’s make an open source one so it will be easier for phone companies! Yay!.”

  • Rounak Jain

    Very soon, the whole patent thing would implode, with each manufacturer holding some crucial patent, leading to an industry wide cross licensing agreement.

  • Sasaki

    This is almost as old as time. What about the OSX thats a rip off of Linux and Unix. The base kernel is BSD. And what about iOS’s message response to incoming calls and SIRI MAPS… all the command lines that it “RIPPED OFF” from the Nix community. In fair game the 3g chip is Google’s. Google should get “Compensation” for the “Patent infringement” and Apple should have to remove the products with 3g chips from the shelves till this matter is settled.