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Report: Apple and Google CEO’s in Secret Patent Dispute Talks

Report: Apple and Google CEO’s in Secret Patent Dispute Talks

A Reuters report this morning says that Google’s Larry Page and Apple’s Tim Cook are planning on conducting preliminary talks regarding the companies’ patent disputes. It is hoped that the series of talks may lead to a truce deal in the upcoming months.

Cult of Mac:

According to Reuters, Cook and Page were scheduled to meet again later this week but that the meeting has been postponed for now. The source of the reveal said it is not known whether the CEOs are discussing a “broad settlement” over all of the companies’ disputes or whether the talks are focusing on specific infringement features in Android.

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

Apple won damages of more than $1 billion in their patent infringement case against Samsung last week, leading to speculation there may be lawsuits brought directly against Android, Google’s mobile operating system used in the Samsung devices that copied Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

Android has already faced challenges on the legal front. In 2010 Oracle sued Google for infringing on their Java language patents, but a federal judge found for Google. Microsoft has also sued Google for allegedly infringing licenses.

Apple and Google declined to comment on any discussions.

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