After meeting with Samsung (SSNLF.PK) execs, Google's (GOOG) Eric Schmidt provided a more...

After meeting with Samsung (SSNLF.PK) execs, Google's (GOOG) Eric Schmidt provided a more spirited defense of the top Android licensee's legal fight against Apple (AAPL) than what Google provided following Apple's California win. "Patent wars prevent choice, prevent innovation ... With respect to Apple patents, the best thing we can tell there are plenty of prior arts." But Schmidt, who probably doesn't want to see Google's iOS search deal go away, still called Apple "a very good partner." (previous)

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  • bobbobwhite
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    BS, Eric, and you know it. Patent wars "prevent choice" only when they are not wars involving your own patents. Very specious statement by Schmidt, and pretty dumb overall, as first he slams Apple and then says it is "a very good partner". Huh?


    "Riding the fence is always good strategy"..... probable quote by Eric Schmidt.
    27 Sep 2012, 11:17 AM Reply Like
  • JonnyTea
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    Schmidt is playing a double game and anyone taken by his two faced "defence" is being incredibly naive..
    27 Sep 2012, 11:47 AM Reply Like
  • dmarilley
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    Innovation at AAPL now seems nonexistent. So they go to court to slow better products. That hurts the consumer. Suck it up AAPL. I'll bet on Sergi Brynn ahead of the AAPL bench, yes a bench, any day.
    27 Sep 2012, 11:58 AM Reply Like
  • dab3z
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    Enjoy your $1400 Google Ads glasses.
    27 Sep 2012, 12:25 PM Reply Like
  • pirota
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    @dmarilley - Apple invented 4" screen didn't you know ?
    27 Sep 2012, 12:29 PM Reply Like
  • DanoX
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    100 million iOS 6 upgrades in three days, a A6 cpu that kicks the ass of all Android phone and tablets, better graphic performance across entire iPhone, iPad lines that is wiping the floor up of Android products, innovation? I would say so, getting rid of Google maps a necessary step forward. See link below for a beating.

    27 Sep 2012, 12:56 PM Reply Like
  • Odin.
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    It looks like the inventor of dumb comments came to vist....
    27 Sep 2012, 05:35 PM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    Why do you insist on displaying your ignorance of US law?


    Worry about the leftovers of your communist heritage.
    27 Sep 2012, 10:15 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Yet somehow, the GS3 still takes the top smartphone spot at Consumer Reports. Interesting....
    11 Oct 2012, 10:48 AM Reply Like
  • tommangano2000
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    Schmidt doesn't relish the idea of Google being next in line, thus the massage job.
    27 Sep 2012, 11:59 AM Reply Like
  • VictorHAustin
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    Patent wars waste resources, just like real wars.


    Patents prevent the choice of stealing, and encourage innovation.


    Bear in mind some of these CEOs are still kids in terms of maturity. And the greedy advisors surrounding them are mostly in arrested development.


    I recall one decided he liked Warren Buffet when he grew up.


    It's their work force that creates all the results. Even Eisenhower and Churchill would have lost the war without Britain and America and Russia and all the Allies.
    27 Sep 2012, 12:14 PM Reply Like
  • Gary Bushwacher
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    Patent wars "prevent choice"


    Duhhh . . . that's why they're called patents


    They are designed to prevent choice - that is - free choice
    Some call it infringement or stealing,


    Free ? No
    License Yes
    27 Sep 2012, 12:57 PM Reply Like
  • sduris
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    Let's see, YouTube gone, Maps gone. Search is next. Didn't Yahoo give GOOG search? [I still think GOOG will acq Yahoo sooner than later.] Is there one original thing over there? Maybe GOOG should change their name to "me, too". Steve Jobs tried to get Larry Page to focus. Didn't work, apparently. Ok, GOOG is MSFT Part Deux. Don't you think GOOG is secretly happy that Apple is distancing themselves from GOOG so they can join Samsung in this "patent war" with AAPL. Patents are there to protect. If GOOG and Samsung are basically saying "f**k the rules", then they need to be held accountable. ES needs to go away. Perhaps politics?
    27 Sep 2012, 01:05 PM Reply Like
  • rubicon59
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    When can we please have that Google search and Adwords algorithms published, please so we can have more open choices in search and web advertising? After all, who wants the "North Korea" of Web search and ads?
    27 Sep 2012, 01:11 PM Reply Like
  • Dantes_Will
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    Google knows it needs to be careful sleeping with Samsung. Hope they are at least smart enough to know not to marry a golddigger.


    Because eventually, the golddigger is going to cheat on you, steal from you, and take half your stuff.


    For the stealing & cheating: currently, Samsung is already developing (copying) a divergent path of Android, that they will brand as their own OS. Samsung will have its own Android flavor, like Amazon, which they will use to partner with Baidu and other services in China.


    By the time Google realize it's being cheated on, Samsung will already have what they want: an OS of their own to partner with the asian search engines and services.
    27 Sep 2012, 01:17 PM Reply Like
  • Stockgal87
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    Exactly. It's called a open license fork. Samsung can fork away from Google's flavor of android and start their own fork. Take all of Google's work and then not give Google what they want; ad sales and customer information. Effectively, Google is screwed. After Samsung does it, they HTC and anyone else can do it, then supply the clone to who ever they want.


    In this light, Googles android enterprise is a house of cards. Currently Google is paying a ton of cash to develop android, and selling android hardware at a loss. Anyone could take android and develop a competitive platform and keep all the customer data for themselves; like Amazon did, and even Facebook or Yahoo could do.


    And what about Google's rejiggering of the Java api's so that they could screw Oracle out of Java license fees? Please. This is stealing, not competition.


    And yes, as Eric Schimdt is right, Apple has been a good partner to Google. But Google hasn't been a good partner to Apple.
    27 Sep 2012, 01:28 PM Reply Like
  • sduris
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    @stockgal87 - spot on. Come to think of it, when has GOOG not cheated, stole? Let's see, Yahoo, AAPL, Oracle (with that whole lawsuit mess), who's next?
    27 Sep 2012, 01:44 PM Reply Like
  • BigJ1260
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    Would love to see Apple spend some of their billions on key acquisitions and/or hiring armies of talented folks and really take Maps and Search to another level over next 3 years.


    Schmidt screwed Apple when he was on their board and decided to develop Android after being privy to Apple IOS development for iPhone- what a betrayal.


    Apple needs to go nuclear on these guys
    27 Sep 2012, 02:15 PM Reply Like
  • BigJ1260
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    See link below -


    Another example of Google, Samsung and Android cadres pathetic attempts to discredit Apple - please, if you have a better product, then marketing should target the aspects of your product that actually make it better, not constantly target Apples products and do it in a disingenuous and dishonest manner like this.

    27 Sep 2012, 04:42 PM Reply Like
  • sduris
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    I want to see AAPL really go thermonuclear. I hope the search goes bye-bye sooner than later. I think AAPL has been honoring the partnership and has laid low on GOOG but get rid of search in iOS and I wouldn't want to be in the line that goes from Mountain View to Cupertino - that's a war zone. It will be fun to watch AAPL give it to GOOG though.
    27 Sep 2012, 06:24 PM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    Google wants the patent wars to continue. So be it.
    27 Sep 2012, 10:12 PM Reply Like
  • JohnnyHands
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    Look up 'smartphone wars' on wikipedia, it will show you a list of links to the history of the various players and their legal actions - Apple was not the first to bring action.
    28 Sep 2012, 12:13 AM Reply Like
  • rubicon59
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    The "North Korea of search" visits South Korea?


    Now, that's Gangam style.
    28 Sep 2012, 01:00 AM Reply Like
  • sorrwohrrcom
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    "Patent wars prevent choice, prevent innovation ... "




    So... don't file any patents. Einstein didn't.
    28 Sep 2012, 06:27 AM Reply Like
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