Since most companies’ mobile technology patent portfolios are woefully untested, now is a time of the survival of the fittest in the smartphone biosphere. Smartphone companies are suing each other to test the sharpness of their fangs and claws.
So imagine panther-like Apple with agate eyes stalking through the foliage, hunting the biomechanical wildebeest of Android OS. Now imagine, right before the panther sinks its fangs into the wildebeest’s flanks, the wildebeest suddenly rearing about and bleating: “You’re just jealous!”
Well, in real life, the wildebeest has bleated just that, and it came off as stupid as it sounds. According to Google chairman Eric Schmitd, Apple is suing HTC and other Android makers out of jealousy. Oh, right! And a lack of innovation.
Addressing Apple’s recent patent victory over HTC in front of the ITC, which could possibly cripple every Android phone out there, Schmidt told listeners at the Google Mobile Revolution conference in Tokyo:
The big news in the past year has been the explosion of Google Android handsets and this means our competitors are responding. Because they are not responding with innovation, they’re responding with lawsuits. We have not done anything wrong and these lawsuits are just inspired by our success.
I’m not sure I need to highlight how stupid and hypocritical this is. The idea that Apple, of all companies, is not innovating in the mobile marketplace is completely absurd: jeez, a year and a half after the first iPad, Android has yet to power a credible competitor.
According to Schmidt, Google will support HTC’s ongoing legal battle with Apple. That’s no surprise: they pretty much have to.
Anyway, remember this little gem of a quote. One of these days, Google’s going to start suing competitors over patent violations, and when that happens, this’ll be a nice little quote to break out.