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Google and Apple Chiefs in Patent Talks

Aug. 30, 2012

The chief executives of Apple and Google are holding talks about the patent disputes between the two companies, Bloomberg News reported Thursday.

The report said that Apple boss Tim Cook talked by phone with his Google counterpart Larry Page last week and they are expected to talk again soon. It is not clear whether the talks took place before or after a California jury awarded Apple 1.05 billion dollars on August 24 for patent violations by Samsung, which uses Google's Android operating system on its smartphones.

Apple has requested a permanent ban on US sales of eight models of Samsung smartphones. US District Judge Lucy Koh will consider the motion at a December 6 court hearing.

Apple, whose late founder Steve Jobs, claimed that Android was copied from Apple's iOS software for the iPhone, has not sued the web search giant directly, preferring to go after manufacturers who use the Google operating system, which is by far the most popular in the world.

Samsung has vowed to appeal the jury verdict, while Google maintains that the patent violations do not relate to Android. Motorola Mobility, which Google acquired in May, filed a patent-infringement complaint against Apple earlier this month accusing Apple of infringing seven patents, including one related to Apple's Siri voice-recognition feature.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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