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Google and Apple reported to be holding "nuclear disarmament" talks

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According to a Reuter’s report, Apple and Google are holding ongoing intellectual property talks that go up to the highest levels, including direct conversations between Google’s Larry Page and Apple’s Tim Cook. The always popular “people familiar with the matter” speaking to Reuters said that the talks specifically involved ongoing patent disputes over mobile software, and that lower-level officials in the company are also ongoing.

The two CEOs were reported to have spoken as recently as last week, holding a phone conversation on IP in the wake of the Apple v. Samsung ruling. According to the same sources another meeting was supposed to take place this week but was postponed for unknown reasons.

Obviously the report is somewhat sketchy with details, but the fact that Apple and Google are engaging in regular discussions at multiple levels of company leadership can only be a good thing; if we are ever going to see a truce emerge in the mobile patent wars it will probably take this sort of long-term commitment to finding a solution that is equitable to both sides.

Not surprisingly both companies have declines to comment on the story; we have no way of knowing whether these discussions will bear fruit any time soon, or even at all; still, the fact that high-level talks are occurring in a sustained manner may be the first serious hope for a ceasefire that fans of mobile technology have seen in quite some time. So here’s to hoping that Apple and Google's differences can be worked out, so that all the money being spent on lawyers can instead be spent on researching new products!

source: Reuters via Droid-Life

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posted on 30 Aug 2012, 15:42 13

1. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Hell no. Keep the "nukes" and usem on apple! Level there HQ(which I guess would mean put them all out of the job lol)

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 15:50 20

3. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


I can imagine this.

"GENIUSES! TO BATTLE! FOR NARNIA!"
Then they all get slaughtered by giant green robots with nukes.

End scene. That was beautiful. Cut, print. :P

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 19:36 5

28. MeoCao (unregistered)


Several Apple's patents are under reexamination at USPTO, b-c Apple's patents are very weak we can assume they are afraid.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 00:12 4

39. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


eff it, it's about time Android went thermonuclear on you Assle!

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 15:51 14

4. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Apple will destroy Android because it is stolen product blah blah blah..."

And suddenly they want peace... Isn't it strange, does Apple is afraid ? :)

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 17:28 10

17. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 222; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


your avatar looks like apple with a erection lol. although if its green you might want to see a doctor.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 05:43 1

47. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


And if your face is blue, you also have to see a doctor. :D

P.S.
More and more people likes my avatar, even those with dirty minds. :D

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 19:12 1

25. joey_sfb (Posts: 5982; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I thought they have cash in on their patents for 2b not bad for patents that should not be issued in the first place.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 16:24 9

9. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Yes!!! Take no prisoners!!! Or better yet,make them work at Foxconn...lol

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 21:34 2

33. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


what a great punishment that would be "as punishment for wasting tax dollars on your patent trolling, all Apple execs are here by ordered to work 1 month at your Chenzen factory in china. You will have no access to the outside world, your accounts, or be treated any differently than the people you pay $1 an hour to make your ipads. And you will be paid starting wages."

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 16:50 5

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I doubt that Apple and Google are talking about global dis-armament. Unless Google was awarded a patent for the Notification function. Then things change completely. Having to go back to a beep for notifications would really set iOS back and could result in market share dilution.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 16:57 7

13. Ueliton (Posts: 34; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


That would be perfect because Apple ridiculously ripped the notifications bar from android... but I don´t think that´s the case, because Android is open source...

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 17:15 1

15. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I used to have a notifications bar in old pocket pc phone. Just saying, that predates google's OS quite a bit.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 18:40 2

23. AstronautJones (Posts: 303; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


That has not stopped the patents from being granted to Apple. Part of the problem, just approve it and let the courts sort it out, that is their motto!

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 21:35 2

35. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yea, your pocket PC didnt have a slide down top bar with active notifications, widgets, ect.
Its a bit different.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 23:28 1

37. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


And that is part-and-parcel of the Google patent application. If the patent issues, Apple is in a world of hurt.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 17:33 1

18. ph00ny (Posts: 1263; Member since: 26 May 2011)


iirc, notification bar patent was filed already and google is waiting for it to be processed. It's only a matter of time

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 07:37 1

50. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Yes, you remember correctly. The application may be near issuance. It all depends on the examination process.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 07:45 1

51. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


maybe google got some prelim information about it back and it sounds like its all going to go through soon.. and THATS why they called Apple.. to "congratulate" them on a huge OS patent infringement. lol

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 08:01 1

52. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If Google were to tell Apple about a notice of allowance to issue, but the patent hadn't actually issued, Apple could file a lawsuit to tie up the issue of the patent. No patent, no patent infringement.

Google will wait until they have the patent number. Then it is open season on iOS.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 15:47 14

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Apple is afraid ? :)

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 17:26 1

16. JessJess (unregistered)


I fail to see where it said Apple went to Google. It just said they talked... so where you get this from I have no clue. Wishful thinking?

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 19:16 3

27. joey_sfb (Posts: 5982; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Apple will continue their war path regardless. Peace talk is just a tactic to give competitors a false sense of hope for peace as competitors prepare to strike with their own patents.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 20:17

31. JessJess (unregistered)


Damned if they do and damned if they don't I guess. Epic.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 05:51 1

48. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"It just said they talked..."

EXACTLY!
If Apple believes that they are right, then about what they want to talk, mmm??? Why then Apple goes in to talks???
Remember that Apple has started all this suing marathon not Google!

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 10:29

54. JessJess (unregistered)


Truly ridiculous.

Apple obviously never talked to Samsung either.

posted on 31 Aug 2012, 15:24

55. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Yes, it is ridiculous, I agree. :)

:D

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 15:59 21

5. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Apple doesnt talk "Peace". They make unreasonable demands to watch you squirm and permanently injure your business. Or they sue your for a billion dollars over a rectangle and green phone icon if you dont bend.

If Apple is talking "peace", then El Goog must have sent an email to Apple with something a long the lines of "hey, we bet you think that your big shyt with your Samsung win. However, we'd like to show you some patents that we hold that you might be interested in knowing that your still infringing on. Oh.. and these are big patents too.. so you might want to pay attention. Now, if you are ready to come to the big boy's table and negotiate a permanent truce, we will talk.. otherwise prepare to be banned in the US for patent infringement".

After Apple peed itself reading down the list of patent violations knowing that its violating... consulting with its horde of vicious lawyers who said they would probably lose... then they called El Goog begging for a meeting begging and pleading not to sue them for patent infringements. "I'll stop bullying the Android mobile world if you just please please make these infringements go away... oh.. El Goog the great!"

That's my version of it anyways. lol

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 16:01 4

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


100% agree. :)

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 21:23 2

32. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


I wouldnt say that apple "called EL Goog begging for a meeting" they are too prideful for that

...although I certainly do think they peed themselves xD

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