Apple and Google CEOs start private patent settlement talks

August 30, 2012
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A largely talked about report came out of Reuters today regarding the recent lawsuit and patent issues between Apple and well, the rest of Android. Today we are hearing that Apple and Google's CEOs Tim Cook and Larry Page have begun a set of patent settlements talks by themselves and in private.

Apparently all of these outstanding patent issues are beginning to be a burden for both parties (duh) and apparently private phone calls between both big shots have begun. There was mention that Larry Page and Tim Cook had a conversation earlier this week in private to try and seek a solution, and they have more phone calls scheduled for the future.

These talks have covered a range of intellectual property matters, including the ongoing mobile patent disputes between Apple and Android OEM’s just to name a few -- and we're sure that isn't the only thing either. I wonder if they talked about the weather or any small talk or if it was all big guns. Obviously the recently massive win by Apple at the expensive of Samsung was probably a hotly talked about topic.

We all know the late Steve Jobs had some serious issues with Android and was cited several times calling it a “stolen product,” and he'd use every penny of Apple's to "destroy Android." And don't even get me started on his blown up comments about “going thermonuclear war on this.” The current state of Apple and Google's relationship is unknown at this point. Especially after they removed Google Maps in favor of their own, and have recently ended the license with Google for a YouTube iOS app. While for now these reports don't have any additional details it is extremely encouraging to hear they are at least attempting to settle things in a simple manor. The next discussions between both CEOs was slated for Friday but was apparently canceled due to scheduling conflicts.

Do you guys expect anything positive from these talks? Or will we just hear reports such as this while the lawsuits and lawyers continue their game? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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  • smartphone user

    No settlement . This reached the point of no return . And the last verdict is a direct cause ,

  • smartphone user

    No settlement . This reached the point of no return . And the last verdict is a direct cause ,

  • Richard

    It just goes to show you how silly all of this is, Apple may have won an early battle but this is far from over. I can’t help but feel that Apple will lose in the long run.

    I don’t get how Apple expect to win in the longer term by going after companies like Samsung when that very company make so many components for their existing devices. If Apple continue their direction in this arena I can see the various manufacturers refusing to sell components to Apple and you can imagine what Apple would say then.

    Personally because of Apple’s offensive attacks on many manufacturers with what are at best dodgy patents I will never ever consider purchasing an Apple product.

    It is time for patent reform, whether that be the elimination of software patents or a better way of lodging patents with a thorough process of checking for prior art. Maybe patent applications should come with an actual product whether it be an early prototype or a near sale product.

    Afterall our daily lives are filled with devices and creations that are a result of incremental or evolutionary change, true innovation rarely occurs in this modern day. If we patent the very building blocks on these creations then there will be no competition and no evolution and incremental changes for us to all benefit from.

    The main problem in the whole Apple issue is simply greed, nothing more nothing less.

  • Richard

    It just goes to show you how silly all of this is, Apple may have won an early battle but this is far from over. I can’t help but feel that Apple will lose in the long run.

    I don’t get how Apple expect to win in the longer term by going after companies like Samsung when that very company make so many components for their existing devices. If Apple continue their direction in this arena I can see the various manufacturers refusing to sell components to Apple and you can imagine what Apple would say then.

    Personally because of Apple’s offensive attacks on many manufacturers with what are at best dodgy patents I will never ever consider purchasing an Apple product.

    It is time for patent reform, whether that be the elimination of software patents or a better way of lodging patents with a thorough process of checking for prior art. Maybe patent applications should come with an actual product whether it be an early prototype or a near sale product.

    Afterall our daily lives are filled with devices and creations that are a result of incremental or evolutionary change, true innovation rarely occurs in this modern day. If we patent the very building blocks on these creations then there will be no competition and no evolution and incremental changes for us to all benefit from.

    The main problem in the whole Apple issue is simply greed, nothing more nothing less.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SplendidAngst Splendìd Angst

    I can’t wait for Google to rape Apple with the whole WiFi patent infringement. I also heard down the short pipeline that Apple is using original slated Android hardware that Motorola still holds the patent on. The Samsung win for Apple is going to be an even greater loss being that one of the jurors IS a hardware engineer that supplies itself to Apple and Apple is their biggest share holder. The appeal for Samsung is to be an automatic win when the newly appointed judge said she’s tired of Apple going around cornering everyone into traps. If ANY of the Samsung/Motorola/Google patent charges go through, it would mean that Apple HAS to cease all sales in the US including their technical support for devices still using the infringed patented hardware.

  • bloopers

    bill gates didnt step in to whoop in the big guns. because he knows google + every other competitor will VS APPLE.

    APPLE VS WORLD MARKET