Google’s former CEO and current executive chairman Eric Schmidt was in Korea today, to announce the launch of the Nexus 7 tablet in the country. While he was there, Schmidt got up to all sorts of mischief, including learning the ‘Gangnam Style‘ dance from its creator, Korean pop star PSY.
It wasn’t all fun and games, though, as the Google exec also took the opportunity to talk a bit about the patent warfare Apple is currently engaging in. Many of Google’s allies have been victims of Apple’s sue-happy legal team, including Korean Android supporter Samsung. In his comments on the situation, Schmidt made it clear that Google was on the side of innovation and fair competition, and wasn’t a fan of Apple’s anti-competitive actions.
The Korea Times reports that Schmidt had this to say during the Nexus 7 press event:
Literally patent wars prevent choice, prevent innovation and I think that is very bad. 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.
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 that are overlapping and complicated and so forth, that one vendor can stop the sale of another vendor’s phones or devices.
He also 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.”
Despite this, Schmidt had some kind words for Apple. Google and Apple have a history of collaboration that predates the whole iPhone/Android battle, and Schmidt says that Apple “is actually a very good partner. Our two companies are literally talking all the time about everything.”