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Eric Schmidt: “Google stands for innovation as opposed to patent wars”

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.
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‘Literally patent wars prevent choice, prevent innovation and I think that is very bad,’ Schmidt said. ‘We are obviously working through that and trying to make sure we stay on the right side of these issues. So ultimately Google stands for innovation as opposed to patent wars.’


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Apple seeks additional $707 million, permanent injunctions in patent case against Samsung

In a court filing late Friday night Apple has requested the court enhance the $1.05 billion in damages a jury awarded it from Samsung for their patent lawsuit in CaliforniaFOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller has a breakdown of the figures, revealing that Apple has chosen to seek enhancement just on what the jury deemed “willful” patent infringement to the tune of $135 million (less than the 3x amount it could have pursued) plus an additional $572 million for infringement of trade dress. That adds up to $1,756,455,218 it’s now seeking from Samsung, plus, as Reuters reporter Dan Levine notes, the expected request for permanent injunctions. That could cover more than the products mentioned in the lawsuit, as Mueller also points out Apple is asking for an injunction against other products with similar features, which could extend to devices like the Galaxy S III.

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