The Google Nexus 7 launched in Korea on Thursday and Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt was there for the event, but was also willing to share more details on Google’s position towards the whole patent industry and the rivalries.
Google has held a pretty consistent and reasonable position on patents pointing out the obvious flaws the current system has.
‘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,’ he also stressed.
Those subtle blows at Apple however were quickly soothed with a mention that Apple remains “a very good partner” for Google. Schmidt did admit, though, that the “two companies are literally talking all the time about everything.”
The Google Chairman will also meet with Samsung executives. He said that Samsung is “one of our most important customers and there is much to discuss.” The Korean company is Android’s biggest vendor and when it comes to patent, it has been the one to suffer most from the current system, as Apple might seek more than $1 billion in damages over patent infringement from Samsung.