Apple And Google CEOs Are Meeting To Discuss Patent Issues, Hoping To Avoid ‘Thermonuclear’ War
The CEOs of two of America’s biggest tech companies are apparently getting together for a chat, according to a report by Reuters earlier today. The talks will revolve around the current state of affairs between Apple and Google, and the allegations of patent infringement that seem to be everywhere these days.
CEOs Larry Page of Google and Tim Cook of Apple will be trying to hash out a resolution to their patent issues, as Google-owned smartphone maker Motorola continues their attempts to get Apple’s products banned from sale. Meanwhile, Apple has complained vociferously about the Android OS and its supposed borrowing of Apple’s ideas. There’s a lot to be worked out, and there’s no guarantees that anything will be resolved, but at least they’re trying.
Google’s incentive for participating in such a discussion is evident: the recent decisive victory of Apple over Samsung, who uses Google’s Android OS extensively, may be giving Google second thoughts about how closely some of their design cues resemble Apple’s. One can’t help but wonder how different things would be if Steve Jobs was still at the helm of Apple, though. Back when Jobs was still the CEO, he expressed serious malice towards Android, saying in his biography “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
Tim Cook seems to have a more lenient view on Google’s alleged trespasses into Apple’s intellectual property, so hopefully they’ll be able to work something out. If the two tech giants remain locked in constant legal battle, nothing good will come of it for consumers.