Monday, October 15, 2012

Patent Wars Are Death, Agreed

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But Google was a pacifist in the Apple-Samsung battle. Was there any doubt that was a proxy fight with Google?

Eric Schmidt: Android-Apple Is the Defining Fight in the Industry Today
“These patent wars are death,” Schmidt said, noting that software is always overlapping, and that there are an estimated 200,000 patents covering the software industry. Schmidt said the impact is worse for small companies than it is for companies like Apple, Google and Samsung that can afford to protect their technolopgies. “I think this is ultimately bad, bad for innovation. It eliminates choices.” ..... “Facebook is attempting to become the world’s communications hub, and Amazon is attempting to become the world’s largest store.” .... Shouldn’t Microsoft be included in there, Mossberg asked? No, Schmidt said. “It’s a well-run company,” he said, “but they don’t make state-of-the-art products.”
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