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."