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

Google and Apple reported to be holding
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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56 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 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)

3. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 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

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.

39. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

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

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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 ? :)

17. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 278; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

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

47. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

9. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

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

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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."

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

13. Ueliton

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 29, 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...

15. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

23. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 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!

35. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

37. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

18. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

50. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

51. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

52. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Apple is afraid ? :)

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?

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

31. JessJess unregistered

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

48. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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!

54. JessJess unregistered

Truly ridiculous. Apple obviously never talked to Samsung either.

55. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Yes, it is ridiculous, I agree. :) :D

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

100% agree. :)

32. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 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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