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Google and Apple are holding secret patent talks

Fri Aug 31 2012, 14:04
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MYSTERIOUS "sources" have been telling the news agency Reuters that Apple and Google are having talks about patents and other intellectual property.

Since this is the month in which Samsung was told to pay Apple $1bn due to alleged patent infringement, we suspect that you could turn over a rock and find someone with a view on whether those two firms would have something to talk about, and indeed Reuters has found someone.

Not anyone who was prepared to go public, though. What they are prepared to do, however, is cough on the idea that talks are being held.

Google CEO Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook are having behind the scenes chats, says the Reuters informant, including at least one phone call. Other, lower rung employees - we'll assume that they work in departments with names like "Legal" - are also chewing on each others' ears.

We've asked both companies to comment, but we know how these things go. If either one of them comments on a story about secret talks that is attributed to "sources" then we'll eat a hat.

Anyway, according to Reuters and its sources, more talks will follow and they will happen in the coming weeks.

Considering that both firms have been after Kodak's patents and neither makes any secret about owning patents and protecting its intellectual property, we aren't surprised. µ


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