Google: “We weren’t patenting things as aggressively as we should have been.”
What we’re seeing today is Google’s first real response to the Apple vs. Samsung case, which resulted in huge losses for the latter. El Goog has come out today saying that they simply just didn’t that highly of tech patents. Google never really thought that these patents could be so imperative in the current scene and be used with such force and power.
What did Google not see coming most, though? The fact that a company could patent something so simple as a rectangle with rounded corners. Pretty absurd in my books if you ask me, too.
Googl’es David Lawee has said:
We actually didn’t invest in the patent ecosystem … We weren’t patenting things as aggressively as we should have been. We didn’t really believe rounded corners were patentable. We just didn’t buy into that notion of protecting your IP, and it was a wake-up call.
Lawee went on to say:
I’m hoping that we’re kinda over the hump in terms of how people value patents, and the ‘thermonuclear’ world is not the world we’re going to live in.
It’s quite obvious that Lawee is taking a small stab at the late Steve Jobs here, stating that he would prefer a world that is not so ‘thermonuclear.’ It does look, however, that Google will be making more steps towards acquiring tech patents.
If the $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola and the attempted acquisition of Nortel’s patents weren’t enough, it looks like we’ll be seeing more from El Goog.