According to an exclusive report from Reuters, Google CEO Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook have been chumming it up, engaging in behind-the-scenes talks over each of their company’s intellectual properties. It wouldn’t be the worse idea we’ve heard and sure, we’d like to see Google rise up off the ground like a sleeping giant, crushing Apple with patent violations and injunction rulings, but offensive legal action isn’t typically how Good Guy Google plays ball.
Apparently, the two megacorps are simply keeping the lines of communication open, despite Apple’s trial win against Samsung last week over trade dress and design patents. It was said both CEO’s have spoken over the phone with future phone meetings scheduled for a later time. But it’s not just the chief executive officers, discussions are also being conducted by lower-level officials as well.
So what exactly is being discussed? Well, that can only be speculated. But in my mind’s eye I can see Larry Page making the first move, calling up Tim on his direct line, asking if there’s some kind of mutual middle ground that can be reached. Tim would respond with an astronomical number pulled out of thin air and perhaps that’s when the convo ended.
It’s been suggested Google should simply do what they can to quell Apple and get back to doing what they do best — innovating. I’d be inclined to agree but still, if there’s one thing I’ve learned about trolls from my short time writing on Android blog, it’s that sometimes they can’t be appeased… and a swift ban-hammer is the only way to deal with the situation.