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Google Chairman on Apple patents: ‘there are plenty of prior arts’ and patents shouldn’t be used to block sales

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is making his way around Asia, and he expanded on remarks made yesterday in Tokyo at the Korean launch of the Nexus 7 today.

Schmidt said Apple “is actually a very good partner. Our two companies are literally talking all the time about everything.” However, he added, “With respect to Apple patents, the best thing we can tell there are plenty of prior arts and I don’t want to go beyond that…”

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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.’