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07-19-2011, 08:27 AM #1
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.
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
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.
07-19-2011, 08:40 AM #2
All the little people joining to the fight the big man. Cool. Some David Vs.Goliath!
07-19-2011, 08:54 AM #3
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.
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07-19-2011, 09:04 AM #4
So let me see if I understand correctly, it's wrong to try and stop someone from using your intellectual property...
07-19-2011, 09:26 AM #5
07-19-2011, 09:37 AM #6
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.
07-19-2011, 09:37 AM #7
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07-19-2011, 09:41 AM #9
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
07-19-2011, 09:45 AM #10
f*** apple android rules
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07-19-2011, 09:56 AM #12
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?
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07-19-2011, 10:00 AM #13
Google Net Worth US $190 billion (2011)
Google Net Worth 2011
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.
07-19-2011, 10:11 AM #14
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.
07-19-2011, 11:04 AM #15
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.
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07-19-2011, 12:04 PM #16
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.
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07-19-2011, 12:09 PM #17Hope they win...........
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.
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