Eric Schmidt may not be the CEO of Google these days, but he’s still a very visible face for the search giant. At this week’s Dreamforce 2011 conference in San Francisco, the Google chairman lavishes praise on Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple while lamenting that he couldn't stay on the company's board of directors.
If Google's purchase of Motorola was driven by a need to acquire more intellectual property, is the big G looking to protect its own innovations or jump on the patent troll wagon? How many patents is too much, anyway? Oh, and is Apple really just ripping-off blockbuster sci-fi movies with the iPad? And what happens when patent lawyers go wild?
Patent piling, space odysseys, and conspiring lawyers... it's another exciting week here at Law & Apple!
The purchase of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion brings a lot of technology to Google, and possibly even the platform for a Google-branded Android phone. The biggest value of the deal, however, may be in adding 17,000 patents to Google's intellectual property portfolio, which currently only has around a thousand. And of those new patents, eighteen of them will be a particular thorn in the side for Apple.
Ron Epstein, CEO of the patent brokerage firm Epicenter IP Group LLC, sums it up like this: “They brought a set of patents that they thought would do a job they set out for, which is telling Apple to back off.”
Forget red state or blue state, a new digital Mason-Dixon line is forming. A just released map breaks down smartphone preference by state, and the "new data establishes an evolving narrative of a North vs. South divide in the ongoing battle of the two top mobile operating systems."
In an open letter to the world today, Google Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer David Drummond decided to take a few moments and explain to all of us "what's happening" with regard to Apple, Microsoft, Android, how patents work, a free market economy, and the future of smartphones.
Drummond went to the mat early and often, reiterating the claim that 550,000 Android devices are activated every day, but then stating that this success has spawned "a hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents."
Nielsen, a global leader in measurement and information, released a report today detailing the current US smartphone market. The report mirrors other recent data that suggests that Android is the top overall smartphone operating system, but Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer.
The June data from Nielsen shows that Google’s Android operating system now claims 39 percent of the U.S. consumer smartphone market; iOS holds second place with 28 percent, and RIM Blackberry has dropped to 20 percent.
It’s called buyer’s remorse -- as anyone who has worked in retail can attest to, returns are just a fact of life, especially with most companies making it so easy to do. However, when the returns start creeping toward nearly half the amount of product you’re shipping, there may be a bigger problem.
Them’s fightin’ words, Mister Schmidt! A new report with comments from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has some stinging words from Apple over their recent string of lawsuits, with the Android maker standing firmly beside their hardware partners.
Despite the screeching headlines claiming we’ll soon be a society dominated by Android devices and that there’s simply no hope for Apple, yet another survey reveals that iOS is still the clear winner when it comes to customer satisfaction, as well as being the preferred mobile operating system.
US and Canadian courts clear the way for Apple and gang to buy patent portfolio from Nortel and continue ongoing intellectual property wars. Now that court approval is out of the way, the sale is expected to be finalized in about a month, with the money being distributed to creditors of Nortel.