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Oh No He Didn’t! Google’s Schmidt on Innovation

Here’s a classic one by Google’s Eric Schmidt:

However, patent lawsuits brought to the table by Oracle, Microsoft and Apple could potentially halt Android’s momentum, considering phonemakers might have to pay licensing fees to use the OS depending on the outcome of these cases. Quizzed on the issue, Schmidt replied that this “legal fun” stems from its successes.

“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,” he said. “I’m not too worried about this.”

Considering that the Android operating system is a poor clone of iOS, I find this statement somewhat ironic, but completely laughable. Remember that pool of patents from Nortel and Apple, Microsoft, and RIM recently got their hands on? I seem to remember Google being in the running for those, but were beat. Google: what’s your stance here? Do you innovate, or buy others’ innovations?

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