Google and Apple CEO’s Reportedly Engaging In Over-The-Phone Patent Talks


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.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Love to be a fly on the wall for those talks.

    1. I know, right!? I wonder how long the conversation was? I wonder if curse words were used? I wonder if they talked about Honey Boo Boo?

      1. You’d better redneckanize!!!

      2. If it was steve jobs, I would say there would have been curses thrown around but Tim seems like an adult.. Same goes for Larry Page.

  2. Tim* Cook #corrections

  3. “Tim, this is Larry. Listen, you want to back off a little? Let’s talk about a peaceful and equitable solution.”

    “Go stuff yourself, Larry. I’ve got Steve’s playbook.”

    “Yeah, about that…Neither he or you know the meaning of thermonuclear, bud. But if you keep it up, we’re going to demonstrate it for you.”


    “OK, Sergei, let’s do this.”

    1. LOL! click oh it on now…boooyah bitchessss

  4. Fingers crossed the mega corps allow us to have our toys. Can’t image if a real startup tried to get in to play the game. I love my androids, but kinda makes you feel a bit dirty with either at this point.

  5. Come on Larry tell Tim to F off.

  6. This is a good idea. If they come to an agreement, then the lawsuits should taper off. And if Apple doesn’t agree to anything, Google can use that fact in a lawsuit to bury Apple.

    1. Just sue apple to bankruptcy and then never have to deal with them is a better option.

  7. The strangest part about this story is that Larry is using an iPhone and Tim is using a Razr Maxx

  8. Apple cannot be trusted……. A-P-P-L-E: A Pathetic Pile of Lingering Excrement.

    Apple is pretending to be little touchie-feely right now, but really they are trying to feel Google out

    1. who says Apple is trying to be touchy feely? No one.

      The conversation probably went along the lines of them putting leashes on high-priced lawyers. They both know there is enough money to be made if they try to co-exist. Apple will never see most of the money it *may* get from Samsung. The lawyers will. Bypass the lawyers, come to an agreement and have keep selling what you sell, provided certain lines aren’t crossed.

    2. or up …. ZING!

  9. Apple is shaping their next kill strategy…..

    Watch out Google!

    1. Yeah apple is going to copy google and claim it as their own.

  10. eff it, it’s about time Android went thermonuclear on you Assle!

  11. *apple iphone blocked google, google loss 70% mobile revenue*

    1. can’t do that.. laws against monopoly. If the world can go after Microsoft for installing IE, they can surely go after Apple for blocking a competitor’s services. You have to come up with something better, Julie.

    2. Besides being illegal, I think blocking Google would be brilliant. I can only imagine how happy all of the iPhone users would be when they had to use Alta Vista, Ask Jeeves, or MC Hammer’s search engine (whenever it comes out). It would seem that iPhone users would be estatic if they could no longer watch videos of Bon Iver and Hoody Allen concerts on Youtube, and could no longer post videos of themselves playing Ukulele covers of punk songs. Oh, and Apple could block Google + too. How happy would iPhone users be if they couldn’t use…oh wait…nevermind.

  12. Please, please, please… Reasonable cross-licensing and and end to the patent wars!

    1. Screw that. Nuke apple.

  13. Samsung should charge $30 per license….just sayin’

    1. Screw that. An injunction before Christmas would be the way to go. No LTE iphone5 and watch the apple stock drop like a rock.

      1. I like your idea better.

  14. Tim: Oh ya I am patenting google now

  15. I am starting to think Apple called the meetings in light of the LTE Patents that Samsung has. Technically this would prevent them from selling an LTE version of the iPhone in the US. I dont think Samsung would be inclined to license anything to Apple at the moment, so whats next, Apple licenses them from Motorola. Who owns Motorola?

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