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Larry Page and Tim Cook reportedly exchanging calls on patents

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Google and Apple’s chief executives are reportedly having chats about each others’ intellectual property. The reported calls follow a lawsuit between and Apple and Samsung that resulted in $1 billion in damages awarded to the iPhone maker.

According to Reuters, Larry Page, the CEO of Google, and Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, talked on the phone about their respective patents. All eyes are turning toward Google after Samsung’s huge loss because many of the Korean manufacturer’s phones in question run the Android operating system. A number of the patents the jury found Samsung infringing pertained to Apple’s mobile operating system iOS.

One of Reuters’ sources said the two were possibly discussing how to end current arguments over whether Google or Apple is infringing on basic parts of a mobile operating system. Another source says the two CEOs were supposed to talk again Friday but had to push back the date for a couple weeks for unspecified reasons.

Shortly after the Apple versus Samsung verdict, Google released a statement saying the claims in the case did not deal with the core Android operating system, but rather modifications that Samsung made. Some are saying that Google should release a new version of Android soon so as to not be associated with the loss or with products that could be pulled of the market.

The two companies have enough patents to throw at each other for years should one lobby a big lawsuit against the other. Indeed, Motorola Mobility, which is now owned by Google, initiated the battle recently by suing Apple for a number of its operating system patents. But it looks like to two companies want to work something out before the bullets fly.

via Reuters; Tim Cook image via Dylan Tweney/VentureBeat