Tech giants are used to suing each other - but now they might be suing for peace.
Google and Apple are reportedly in talks to end a series of ongoing patent and intellectual property disputes.
According to Reuters, Google CEO Larry Page and Apple chief Tim Cook have conducted "behind-the-scenes conversations" to discuss a range of matters relating to a possible truce.
Reuters said that the two executives had a phone conversation last week, and that talks between its employees are "ongoing".
Its sources said that further talks had been scheduled but were recently delayed.
The reports come amid a backdrop of intensifying legal battles between Apple and Samsung, relating to the look and feel of the South Korean company's phones and tablets -- which use Google's Android operating system.
Those battles have been described as a "war by proxy" in which Apple's real target was Google, after Steve Jobs' infamous assertion before his death that he would "destroy" Android.
Jobs told his biographer Walter Isaacson: "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
Apple recently won a decisive victory in a Californian court, who said Samsung had "wilfully copied" the iPhone in some of its Galaxy handsets.
The judgement ordered Samsung to pay $1bn in damages, and could still result in products being taken off the market in the US.
However Samsung has also won victories. Most recently a Japanese court said it has not infringed on Apple's patents. In July a British court said Samsung had not copied the iPad, partly because they were obviously "not as cool".
Any possible move for a wider peace deal over Apple's IP could see some of those court battles drawn to a close.
However it is not known what issues are under discussion, and whether a broad peace deal or more specific settlements could be on the cards.
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