In a very insightful interview with The Wall Journal, Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt gave his thoughts Apple, patent wars, Siri and Microsoft among other things.
When quizzed about Google’s ongoing patent war with Apple, Schimdth said he has been left baffled by Apple’s intentions. In particular Apple’s policy of not suing Google directly but rather target Android vendors.
From the Interview:
[quote] WSJ: How has Google’s relationship with Apple changed in the past year?
Mr. Schmidt: It’s always been on and off. Obviously, we would have preferred them to use our maps. They threw YouTube off the home screen [of iPhones and iPads]. I’m not quite sure why they did that.
The press would like to write the sort of teenage model of competition, which is, ‘I have a gun, you have a gun, who shoots first?’
The adult way to run a business is to run it more like a country. They have disputes, yet they’ve actually been able to have huge trade with each other. They’re not sending bombs at each other.
I think both Tim [Cook, Apple’s CEO] and Larry [Page, Google’s CEO], the sort of successors to Steve [Jobs] and me if you will, have an understanding of this state model. When they and their teams meet, they have just a long list of things to talk about.
WSJ: Are Apple and Google discussing a patent-related settlement?
Mr. Schmidt: Apple and Google are well aware of the legal strategies of each other. Part of the conversations that are going on all the time is to talk about them.
It’s extremely curious that Apple has chosen to sue Google’s partners and not Google itself.
WSJ: What’s the endgame of all of this patent litigation?
Mr. Schmidt: It’ll continue for a while. Google is doing fine. Apple is doing fine. Let me tell you the loser here.
There’s a young [Android co-founder] Andy Rubin trying to form a new version of Danger [the smartphone company Mr. Rubin co-founded before Android]. How is he or she going to be able to get the patent coverage necessary to offer version one of their product? That’s the real consequence of this.[/quote]
It appears that Mr. Schimdth last comment is advocating that companies should not be rewarded for their inventions. According to his reasoning, its ok for Mr. Rubin to steal others Intellectual Properties and sell it to the highest bidder without any penalty.
I think this post by Fosspatent clarify Apple’s perspective on their current patent litigations against Android.
According to the post:
[quote] Apple’s statements on its own “general policy”, in the order in which they appear in the pleading:
Apple’s brief emphasizes the objective of having distinctive products as a reason for Apple to generally withhold licenses: