Google's Eric Schmidt: Apple, other competitors not innovative; they just sue

Former CEO and current Executive Chairman of Google Eric Schmidt has some harsh words for competitors who have been suing the company: you're not innovative, you just sue because of our successes.

Speaking at the Mobile Revolution Conference in Tokyo, the comment comes after the International Trade Commision's ruling that HTC infringed on two of Apple's patents. If upheld, HTC and other Android phone makers would be required to pay royalties to Apple. But if so, Apple would only be one of several companies targeting Google's Android system, a list that includes Oracle and Microsoft. HTC struck a patent licensing deal with Microsoft in 2010; details of their arrangement were made public this year.

"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 with innovations," Eric Schmidt said according to ZDNet. "I'm not too worried about this."

So much so that Schmidt stated they would back up HTC against Apple's lawsuit and was confident that they will win, despite all recent rulings and HTC's aforementioned patent deal with Microsoft. Schmidt declined to go into further detail about how Google would be helping HTC out during litigation. When asked if the company would provide financial help should HTC lose, he responded: "We will make sure they don't lose, then."

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the difference is:
Apple does innovate and do it well. The iPhone and iOS were pretty innovative at first as they were one of the first to do it. However they lacked features, Google took the iOS UI model and stepped it up. They leapfrogged over Apple. Other companies use what Apple started and build off of it and make it better, then Apple gets mad

I have Android and despite it allowing you to add widgets, live wallpapers... there is no difference. Have they leapfrogged over Apple? Hell, I don't even use widgets or live wallpapers. I also had to root the phone to get rid of all the junk HTC put on the phone. The odd thing is when I had a 3G then the iPhone 4 I never needed to jailbreak as I felt I needed something extra.

Don't get me wrong, I think the HTC Desire is a well built phone (apart from the poor camera and speaker quality), its just a shame it runs Android!

I wouldn't say they innovate well. I would say they have a behemoth of a marketing machine. There was nothing innovative about the iPod. There were tons of MP3 players before it. What they did was make it a fashion statement... a way of saying "I am cool and you can be cool too, but only if you buy one of these."

Steve Jobs at the Macworld 2007 introduction of the iPhone:

...and we have invented a new technology called multi-touch, which is phenomenal. It works like magic. You don't need a stylus. It's far more accurate than any touch display that's ever been shipped. It ignores unintended touches. It's super smart. You can do multi-finger gestures on it, and boy, have we patented it.

warwagon said,
Steve Jobs at the Macworld 2007 introduction of the iPhone:

...and we have invented a new technology called multi-touch, which is phenomenal. It works like magic. You don't need a stylus. It's far more accurate than any touch display that's ever been shipped. It ignores unintended touches. It's super smart. You can do multi-finger gestures on it, and boy, have we patented it.

Except multi-touch displays were around way before Apple used them, 1970s I believe.

neo158 said,

Except multi-touch displays were around way before Apple used them, 1970s I believe.


Sure but few used them or took advantage of the multitouch capabilities, specially in the cellphone market, or any part of the consumer market really. All phones with a touchscreen had resistive screens and came with a stylus and a horrible UI

warwagon said,
Steve Jobs at the Macworld 2007 introduction of the iPhone:

...and we have invented a new technology called multi-touch, which is phenomenal. It works like magic. You don't need a stylus. It's far more accurate than any touch display that's ever been shipped. It ignores unintended touches. It's super smart. You can do multi-finger gestures on it, and boy, have we patented it.

bull****. Apple didnt invent multitouch. They bought out the company that did. How innovative it is for Apple to buy a company and claim they invented something.

The company was called Fingerworks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fingerworks

This just shows Job's arrogance and how big his ego is.

Osiris said,
what a ******, a true innovator would spend less time rubishing the competition and more time innovating...

Like Apple... oh, wait...

yes, apple must be desperate. Owing the 50% profits of the entire industry is killing them. Also being only the 3rd phone maker globally with only 2 products is killing them, so, they have to sue.

iguanas said,
yes, apple must be desperate. Owing the 50% profits of the entire industry is killing them. Also being only the 3rd phone maker globally with only 2 products is killing them, so, they have to sue.

Right, because having that market share is perpetual... please.

I'm not sure Google is a paragon of virtue on this issue but I agree with their sentiment. Any large company will almost certainly have some overlap on some obscure patent (likely one that should have never been granted in the first place) but to me it seems slightly desperate to try to leverage them against your competitors. And Apple has been one of the worst companies when it comes to petty lawsuits.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I'm not sure Google is a paragon of virtue on this issue but I agree with their sentiment. Any large company will almost certainly have some overlap on some obscure patent (likely one that should have never been granted in the first place) but to me it seems slightly desperate to try to leverage them against your competitors. And Apple has been one of the worst companies when it comes to petty lawsuits.

And there's the point, the patent system is so flawed that companies with enough money can rule it.

I'm glad they're hitting Android OS. I have a Droid Eris. The phone is a piece of crap and the OS may look great but it's also a piece of crap in functionality.

sebazwin said,
I'm glad they're hitting Android OS. I have a Droid Eris. The phone is a piece of crap and the OS may look great but it's also a piece of crap in functionality.

+1

WP7 or back to iOS for me next year.

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