Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Chairman Eric Schmidt on Thursday had quite a bit to say about Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s penchant for filing legal suits against rivals to protect its intellectual property rights.
In a news conference to launch Google's Nexus 7 tablet, Schmidt made it apparent that he was against patent wars in the mobile industry and expressed his frustration with Apple and its recent rash of legal suits against companies which run on Google's Android operating system.
"Literally patent wars prevent choice, prevent innovation and I think that is very bad. 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," Schmidt said, according to the Korean Times which reported on the event.
Samsung, which is one of the biggest users of Android, is engaged in a bitter battle with Apple over patent infringements and the Korean handset maker faces the prospect of a ban on the sale of its products in the United States if Apple has its way.
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In an obvious reference to that, Schmidt said, ""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 that are overlapping and complicated and so forth, that one vendor can stop the sale of another vendor's phones or devices."
When asked if Google would support the equipment makers it partners with, he said, "all I want to say publicly (is that) we fully intend to support the ecosystem as it evolves. The Android ecosystem is really central, in my view, to the successful moving forward of the market."