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Eric Schmidt: "Google stands for innovation as opposed to patent wars"

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The Google Nexus 7 launched in Korea on Thursday and Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt was there for the event, but was also willing to share more details on Google’s position towards the whole patent industry and the rivalries.

Google has held a pretty consistent and reasonable position on patents pointing out the obvious flaws the current system has.

'Literally patent wars prevent choice, prevent innovation and I think that is very bad,' Schmidt said. 'We are obviously working through that and trying to make sure we stay on the right side of these issues. So ultimately Google stands for innovation as opposed to patent wars.'

'I think one of the worst things that happened in the last few years has been the belief that somehow there are so many patents in the mobile phone world, an estimated 200,000 patent that are overlapping and complicated and so forth, that one vendor can stop the sale of another vendor’s phones or devices,' he also stressed.

Those subtle blows at Apple however were quickly soothed with a mention that Apple remains “a very good partner” for Google. Schmidt did admit, though, that the “two companies are literally talking all the time about everything.”

The Google Chairman will also meet with Samsung executives. He said that Samsung is “one of our most important customers and there is much to discuss.” The Korean company is Android’s biggest vendor and when it comes to patent, it has been the one to suffer most from the current system, as Apple might seek more than $1 billion in damages over patent infringement from Samsung.

source: Korea Times via TechCrunch

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posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:22 6

3. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)

If apple wants a war, end the end Google will give them a War.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:22 25

4. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

Google=Innovation, Openness, Choices > Rotten Apple=Patent Wars, Litigation, Patent Infringement

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:11

29. Vikranth (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

Google is against Patent War since Android is a copy of iOS...Google's dictionary will show innovation as "Copy". Because they know only that...May be, apple is out of innovations after Jobs but they built their own ecosystem with their brains initially..What did Google do apart from being a greatest Search Engine...Nowadays, People started liking copiers who say them as innovators...

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:28 9

32. johnbftl (Posts: 281; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)

Android is not a copy of iOS. Aside from the fact that Andy Rubin started the Android project in 2003, 4 years prior to the release of iOS, there is a huge fundamental difference between the two operating systems. iOS is based off of Mac's Darwin system, or for techies, Unix. Uni, meaning one. It is only capable of handling one process at a time. Like MS-DOS. Essentially, you're using 80's technology. That is why there is no true multitasking. Android on the other hand is based off of Linux. Linear meaning line. Things running at the same level. Like Windows. This is why you can do this like say, watch a video and send an e-mail. Or not like in the instance of early versions of iOS, keep Pandora running even after you click the home button (I don't know if it still shuts it off).

To say Android is a copy of iOS is a far cry from the actual truth. Learn about technology, then come have a conversation at the grown ups table.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 14:19

37. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Unix is 70's technology. However, it is not single process. In fact, Unix was originally designed not to be multi-process, but to be multi-user. Dozens of people could be in a lab, each logged in on their own terminal which was running off of one single server.

OS X is Unix derived. FreeBSD is Unix derived. Linux is Unix-like. Each of them can run multiple processes.
Even iOS runs multiple processes -- You can browse the web, listen to music, and be notified of an incoming text message at once.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 14:01

34. metalpoet (unregistered)

Good sir, your punctuation, word usage, and spelling is horrific! You sir are retarded, now go away!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:26 22

6. MeoCao (unregistered)

a slap to Apple's face, way to go Google.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:00 12

20. sarb009 (Posts: 317; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

death to apple NOW

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 14:08

35. metalpoet (unregistered)

When Google luanched Android, Apple didnt pay attention to them as a threat so Google wormed its way into Apple's world and start eatting away at this facade that Apple started implementing on the world with manipulation. Now Google has hollowed out the Apple and Apple now needs to die!!!!! Google rules! :)

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:38 12

26. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Apple = hitler.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:41 6

27. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

I don't know, even Hitler respected the UK and let the solders escape instead of finishing them off...

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:32 2

30. ilia1986 (unregistered)

As a Jew - I completely agree.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 17:04 1

38. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

is no secret that Google only wanted to buy Moto for its patents.. Apple did the same they buy patents.. Apple has all the rights top protect their investment. is it a coincidence that the most successful Android manufacturer (Samsung) is following Apple footsteps and recently has been taken to court because of this, Google didn't help Samsung because Apple was aiming at Samsung not Google..

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 22:30

41. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3128; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

So let me get this straight. Apple has the right to defend themselves, but nobody else does?

The patent trolling bully known as Apple, the first one to start suing over these dumb patents, the company that is actually trying to create a monopoly and ban other products that arent similar in looks or feels but in sales only is somehow the victim here?

Samsung has done an amazing job of marketing their products and releasing VERY excellent software to Android. The SGS2 was the first and true lag free, butter smooth android device because they matched a very powerful processor with a very optmized skin over android that we have never seen before and it shows very well with how popular Samsung has become. Apple wants total control over the market and doesn't like Samsung closing in on them. Where was Apple suing RIM over the Storm or the original Samsung Instinct? Hell what about the Palm Pre? All of these devices were popular but they didn't harm Apple's sales.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 02:15 1

42. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

everyone has to protect their investment.. Google is doing it and other will follow... Apple has been doing it for a while now... second see dumb patents has gotten a million dollars (or a billion not sure) from Samsung so dont think their dumb patents...if you think taking shot at the competition is good advertising you are out of your mind.. Apple's way of doing it is a perfect example on how to advertise a product.. last.... the patents wars are in ful effect and the most busy has to be Apple.. dont think HTC will on LG over patents or any Android on another Android thats why Apple is busy checking on every single Android device to see if it using their unpaid and unlicense patents.. Apple may seem like the bully here but the bully is actually Android taking shots at Apple. their big gun Samsung couldn't do it so now all Android will unite to beat Apple.. Android is the bully

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 20:48

40. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

their ambition has become their undoing. Google has very a limited patent pool. Either samsung and google have to combine resources for more acquisitions or google have to lobby to bring the system down.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 03:18

43. johnbftl (Posts: 281; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)

So you're saying Apple has never engaged in slam adds against a competitor's product? I do want to make sure that is in fact what you are saying. From what I, as well as most other people living in a place we call reality remember, Apple had a very long and very popular ad campaign with film actor Justin Long entitled "I'm a Mac and I'm a PC" in which Apple would make fun of things like viruses or other such "inadequacies" that Windows had that Mac OSX did not.

As for Android OEMs not suing each other, did you not read the article that was posted yesterday stating that LG was countersuing Samsung over OLED displays? From the beginning of this issue Apple has been the aggressor. How can you can Android the bully when 1) Android is an operating system owned by Google, not a stand alone company? 2) Google has not once filed suit against Apple? 3) Apple has filed suit against Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and Amazon this year alone?

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