Fresh from his victory over Samsung on issues related to patent infringements, Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) Chief Executive Tim Cook has started a dialogue with Google Inc(NASDAQ:GOOG) boss Larry Page on intellectual property rights and mobile patents.
Reuters, who reported it first, said that Page and Cook “had a phone conversation last week" and “are expected to talk again in the coming weeks.”
The report said that junior executives from both the companies were also involved in discussions relating to patents and this was a major change in policy for the two tech giants. Observers see it as fallout of the verdict last week by a U.S. federal court.
Apple has never engaged in a direct court battle with Google and so far all its patents disputes have been with Google licensees such as Samsung, HTC Corp, Motorola Mobility and LG Electronics.
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Microsoft and Apple, whose rivalry starts from the personal computing sector, have several cross-licensing pacts in place with a tacit agreement between the two that they would not infringe on each other’s turfs.
However there is a simmering rivalry between Apple and Google, which has often been seen as covertly encouraging its licensees to infringe on Apple’s patents. Apple's former chief executive Steve Jobs had told his biographer that Android was a "stolen product" and that he would destroy.
In his own discussions with Google’s Eric Schmidt, Jobs reportedly said, "I don't want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won't want it. I've got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want."