According to a report from Reuters, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is in talks with Google’s CEO Larry Page, with the discussions largely having to do with the current patent disputes. Sources indicate the conversations took place last week, with lower-level employee continuing to discuss intellectual property issues. The sources did not offer any concrete information on the reasoning for the talks, other then to suggest the two could be considering a truce related to basic features in Google’s Android OS.
If they were conducted last week, these would have happened in advance of the thrashing Samsung took at the hands of Apple’s patent lawsuit which took place in California. The result of which has Apple on the receiving side of 1.05 billion dollars in damages. In addition, Apple is looking to ban eight Samsung handsets from sale in the US.
If Google could pull this off, it would be a smart move. The recent victory could emblazon Apple, who might decide to move up the Android food chain, shifting their legal efforts from OEM’s to the maker of the OS.