Google’s Eric Schmidt on Lawsuits: Competitors Cannot Innovate

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt responded to some of the current patent lawsuits (Apple recently filed suit against HTC, and it was found that the alleged patent infringements were¬†part of the Android OS) at Google’s Mobile Revolution conference (via Engadget).

He never specifically referred to Apple or any other company when he spoke but he said that, “competitors are responding with lawsuits as they cannot respond through innovations.” However, he says he’s not concerned about those lawsuits. When asked about the HTC lawsuit he said that they will stand behind them and “will make sure they don’t lose.”

We’ve spoken our mind about the patent system in the past. We don’t agree that companies like Apple can’t innovate, but we do wish that competition could focus on innovation rather than complaining about the other guy copying them.

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