Sources for Reuters have indicated that Google and Apple have held several discussions over the past few weeks about intellectual property issues, including ongoing mobile patent disputes between the two companies. Google CEO Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook had a discussion last week in addition to the ongoing discussions between lower-ranking executives in the two companies, and the CEOs are scheduled to speak again soon.
Details are sparse at this point, though we’re expecting some kind of licensing agreement between the companies to be worked out over time in order to avoid costly litigation down the road. This assumes the companies can actually come to some sort of agreement before the legal disputes crop up. The onus is specifically on Google here in light of Apple’s sweeping $1.05 billion victory over Samsung earlier this month. We’re hoping the companies can work out some kind of deal soon, so we can get back to writing about consumer technology instead of lawsuits and patents.