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  • Google's Eric Schmidt Says Competitors Sue Them Instead of Innovating, Vows To Save HTC



    Google Executive chairman Eric Schmidt had some strong words for Apple today at a Google mobile conference in Tokyo when questioned about the recent patent suit against HTC and by extension all Android devices.

    Originally Posted by :
    We have seen an explosion of Android devices entering the market and, because of our successes, competitors are responding with lawsuits as they cannot respond through innovations. I'm not too worried about this. - Eric Schmidt
    When asked if Google would provide financial support if HTC does in fact lose the suit Schmidt responded, "We will make sure they don't lose, then."

    Schmidt's support has to be reassuring to HTC and their shareholders. The fact google is taking open shots at Apple, and in turn an aggressive stance supporting Android. Lets not forget that the two patents Apple is suing HTC over could cripple more than just HTC, but every Android smartphone partner.

    Apple's quarterly report will be available soon, I wonder if the conference call will have any jabs responding to the litany of comments thrown their way by competitors lately.

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google's Eric Schmidt Says Competitors Sue Them Instead of Innovating, Vows To Save HTC started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      All the little people joining to the fight the big man. Cool. Some David Vs.Goliath!
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      I don't know if I would call Google or HTC the little people but it is nice to see Google jump in and help out HTC on this one. I've got rid of my iPhone for an android device but I can't seem to get rid of my iPad 2 unless a good 3G android tablet comes out.
    1. ajones330's Avatar
      ajones330 -
      So let me see if I understand correctly, it's wrong to try and stop someone from using your intellectual property...
    1. al_teroff_urhead's Avatar
      al_teroff_urhead -
      Quote Originally Posted by ajones330 View Post
      So let me see if I understand correctly, it's wrong to try and stop someone from using your intellectual property...
      I agree with you.

      If someone is sueing it's because they are using property that they came up with first, hence, they innovated first. So when they sue, the others want them to innovate again???

      Probably so they can just keep copying them. Ugh!
    1. Razz's Avatar
      Razz -
      Apple would patent air and claim it was their idea. I've been an avid iDevice user since my first 4gb iphone. About a month ago I bought an atrix and gave my wife my i4. I've not looked back. Like the poster above I've not found a suitable replacement for my ipad2. When I do though, I'll be making the switch. Apple is bad for the open marketplace and is possibly setting precedents that will eventually contribute to its death. I'm rooting for HTC and google on this one. It's funny how things change, who'd have ever thought Apple would be the big bad corporation trying to stifle innovation.
    1. AnthonyGiola's Avatar
      AnthonyGiola -
      Quote Originally Posted by ajones330 View Post
      So let me see if I understand correctly, it's wrong to try and stop someone from using your intellectual property...
      +1 xD
    1. metaldood's Avatar
      metaldood -
      Quote Originally Posted by al_teroff_urhead View Post
      I agree with you.

      If someone is sueing it's because they are using property that they came up with first, hence, they innovated first. So when they sue, the others want them to innovate again???

      Probably so they can just keep copying them. Ugh!
      incorrect. they may/may not innovate first but they sure patented it first.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Rules of competition:

      Good: 1) Innovate over legislate
      Better: 2) Innovate and block
      Best: 3) Innovate, block, and legislate

      Apple is firing on all cylinders
    1. xhenryrx's Avatar
      xhenryrx -
      f*** apple android rules
    1. byronnnn's Avatar
      byronnnn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Razz View Post
      Apple would patent air and claim it was their idea. I've been an avid iDevice user since my first 4gb iphone. About a month ago I bought an atrix and gave my wife my i4. I've not looked back. Like the poster above I've not found a suitable replacement for my ipad2. When I do though, I'll be making the switch. Apple is bad for the open marketplace and is possibly setting precedents that will eventually contribute to its death. I'm rooting for HTC and google on this one. It's funny how things change, who'd have ever thought Apple would be the big bad corporation trying to stifle innovation.
      The issue isn't with Apple, it's with our patent system. The fact that you can patent anything, why wouldn't you? If I could patent air and charge everyone to use it, why wouldn't I?
    1. GeoffS4's Avatar
      GeoffS4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ajones330 View Post
      So let me see if I understand correctly, it's wrong to try and stop someone from using your intellectual property...
      How can you argue against the right winning and the wrong loosing?

      I also agree, if Apple owns the intellectual property, it's theirs to use as they wish and sue the pants off anyone copying/stealing it.

      To those that are rooting against the larger entity, do you nay-sayers root against the United States in all wars because we are potentially the bigger military or more successful economy?
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      little people:
      Google Net Worth US $190 billion (2011)
      Google Net Worth 2011

      big people:
      Apple Net Worth $255.18 billion (2011)
      Apple Net Worth 2011

      I can't get a similar number for HTC,
      but judging from the bits on their Wikipedia page, they look about 1/8 the size of Google.

      Google + HTC < Apple
      but not by much.
    1. bajesus's Avatar
      bajesus -
      copying apple, or even following their lead, shows an inability to innovate. so what is eric schmidt griping about?

      i think someone is bitter about losing the nortel patents.
    1. lighter's Avatar
      lighter -
      A lot of people fail to see the real story here which is that apple owns the rights to the feature, technology, design or whatever the case maybe ...... So if HTC did use apples intellectual property which they didn't have to create they just have to own the "patent" ... Well guess what HTC needs to pay or face the consequences ....

      We all bash apple including myself at times... Yes appe has some strict rules and they borderline communism but at the end of the day if it wasnt for apple we wouldn't have all these devices that we do .... Had you seen any of these calibar of devices prior to the iphone? No! I believe in competition ... It does help innovate but when you use something that belongs to others and try to defend it in court .... You deserve to lose and pay! HTC should have paid from the start or now should come to an agreement if Apple "now" wants to.

      And google trying to defend... Well they have to because if manufactures cannot run android without infringing on apples intellectual property well guess what googles SOL as well....

      Any how stop bashing it's business and of course google and HTC and other manufacture are going to cry foul but guess what you're the one that stole and then try to put your own name on it.

      Look at it this way if you owned the rights and someone else was making money off of what you owned well guess what you would be in court too.
    1. brab's Avatar
      brab -
      Why isn't either one of you (Apple fanbois) mentioning the countless patents that Apple stole from others (such as the lost case with Nokia of 46 stolen patents)?

      While Apple did some major innovations in the recent decade, they didn't come up with the phone (as the device), so please stop portraying it as so.

      Also the two patents that HTC supposedly has violated are laughable at best.
    1. Stryker1's Avatar
      Stryker1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by brab View Post
      Why isn't either one of you (Apple fanbois) mentioning the countless patents that Apple stole from others (such as the lost case with Nokia of 46 stolen ones)?

      While Apple did some major innovations in the recent decade, they didn't come up with the phone, so please stop portraying it as so.

      Also the two patents that HTC supposedly has violated are laughable at best.


      Well Apple actually also infringes on patents. Their smart cover is not theirs at all but a " copy of InCase's Convertible Magazine Jacket, as pointed out by the guys over at TechCrunch". Its not like Apple doesn't engage in this kind of activity either. Also lets point out Apple suing every little business guy on eBay for selling copies of wires and plugs, the most insignificant stuff. I am especially ticked off at them always plugging up the holes and continually trying to stop jailbreaking. I am not an HTC/Android person but I hope they win.

      Stryker1
    1. dakota514's Avatar
      dakota514 -
      Quote Originally Posted by xhenryrx View Post
      f*** apple android rules
      Then why are you on modmyi reading Apple news!? Go to androidcentral or phandroid, you should find what you need there.
    1. xhenryrx's Avatar
      xhenryrx -
      Quote Originally Posted by Stryker1 View Post
      Well Apple actually also infringes on patents. Their smart cover is not theirs at all but a " copy of InCase's Convertible Magazine Jacket, as pointed out by the guys over at TechCrunch". Its not like Apple doesn't engage in this kind of activity either. Also lets point out Apple suing every little business guy on eBay for selling copies of wires and plugs, the most insignificant stuff. I am especially ticked off at them always plugging up the holes and continually trying to stop jailbreaking. I am not an HTC/Android person but I hope they win.

      Stryker1
      well done sir i am with you apple is scared of android trying to do wherever they can to stop android i used to be a apple fanboy but i switch 2 years ago and i not coming back lol

      Quote Originally Posted by dakota514 View Post
      Then why are you on modmyi reading Apple news!? Go to androidcentral or phandroid, you should find what you need there.
      this is a free web site idiot don't cry just look my joint date nob
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      All the little people joining to the fight the big man. Cool. Some David Vs.Goliath!
      I wouldn't really call Google "David".
    1. NumbaOneI's Avatar
      NumbaOneI -
      Quote Originally Posted by xhenryrx View Post
      well done sir i am with you apple is scared of android trying to do wherever they can to stop android i used to be a apple fanboy but i switch 2 years ago and i not coming back lol

      this is a free web site idiot don't cry just look my joint date nob

      yup I just left apple too. had an ipad 2 so i like to read about apple but lately they are becoming too controlling which will kill them. I got an atrix and xoom and im not looking back either. i cant even unlock my phone unless i pay a ridiculous amount gave my i4 away to my wife. android will eventually beat apple and every1 knows that deep down.