August 30, 2012

Apple’s Tim Cook, Google’s Larry Page Reportedly In CEO Talks

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online

Just days after a San Jose jury handed down their verdict and a $1 billion settlement decision in the trial between Apple and Samsung, Google issued a statement to The Verge in an attempt to prevent a similar suit from the iPhone maker.

Said Google: “The court of appeals will review both infringement and the validity of the patent claims. Most of these don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the U.S. Patent Office.”

Now, a Reuters report claims Google CEO Larry Page has been in talks with Apple CEO Tim Cook covering a range of topics, from intellectual properties to mobile patent disputes between the two companies.

Apple and Samsung have been fighting in courtrooms all over the world for months now, and many have considered Apple´s latest win to have long-lasting effects on the future of the smartphone industry.

The patent dispute between the world´s two largest smartphone manufacturers can be seen as less an issue between patents and trade dress and more an extension of the late Steve Jobs´ vow to “go thermonuclear” against Google´s mobile operating system, Android, which he felt was a direct rip off of Apple´s mobile OS, iOS.

Now that Apple has been able to win the court´s favor against Android´s largest partner, these talks could be a sign of a turned leaf over at Google headquarters as they try to avoid any further messy litigation.

Citing Sources Familiar With the Matter, Reuters reports that Cook and Page are scheduled to speak again in the coming weeks, though no official date has been set. One source told Reuters the two were slated to speak again this Friday, but these plans were postponed for reasons which were unclear.

The two CEOs could be discussing a sort of truce over disputes regarding basic features and functionalities of the two mobile phone OSes, according to one source. However, it remains to be seen if Cook and Page are discussing a settlement over the large list of complaints the two companies have with one another, or speaking more specifically about individual patents and lawsuits.

Apple has been making strides this year to further distance themselves from Google, who was once an important partner in the early days of the iPhone. Apple announced their own Mapping application this June during their World Wide Developer´s Conference in San Francisco, replacing the familiar Google Maps app which has been present on Apple´s smartphone from day one.

Later, Apple announced that the license between themselves and Google´s YouTube had ended, therefore removing the native app from iPhone´s home screen. The YouTube app had also been a familiar icon on the iPhone screen since the early days of the Apple device.

Last week, the San Jose jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages as a result of their suit against Samsung. The Korean company has vowed to appeal this decision. Now, the two companies will head to an injunction hearing in September, where Apple will ask the court to ban the sale of 8 Samsung phones in the U.S.

While many have worried about the implications of the Apple v Samsung trial, talks between Cook and Page could be seen as a move towards peace between two of the world´s largest tech companies.