Google’s Schmidt: ‘Apple’s a good partner’ but the ‘patent wars’ are bad news

Karen Haslam
29 September, 2012
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Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has been sounding off about Apple and accusing them of patent trolling, while at the same time saying that the iPhone maker is “a very good partner”.

According to the Korean Times, Schmidt, who is currently in Seoul, said: “With respect to Apple patents, the best thing we can tell there are plenty of prior arts.”

He expanded on this claim saying: “I think one of the worst things that happened in the last few years has been the belief that somehow there are so many patents in the mobile phone world, an estimated 200,000 patent that are overlapping and complicated and so forth, that one vendor can stop the sale of another vendor’s phones or devices.”

Schmidt complains that: “Literally patent wars prevent choice, prevent innovation and I think that is very bad.”

He claims: “Ultimately Google stands for innovation as opposed to patent wars.”

It’s not all bad mouthing Apple, though, Schmidt claims Apple “Is actually a very good partner. Our two companies are literally talking all the time about everything.”

Earlier this week Schmidt admitted that Google has “not done anything yet” about putting Google Maps back on iPhone.

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