Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, on the Apple vs Samsung trial – “I don’t agree with it”
The popular news firm, Bloomberg, recently had quite an interesting interview with the man himself – Steve Wozniak. As we’ve come to expect, Woz often speaks his mind and doesn’t hold anything back, no matter who he will offend. As this CNET report states, we are very often thinking – “WWWD” – which loosely translates to ‘What would Woz do?’
Well, what would Woz do? Or more interestingly – what does Woz think about the recent Apple vs Samsung travesty in the US courts? You know, the one where Samsung was ordered to pay Apple nothing short of $1.05 billion for damages. In short, he’s not a fan.
What was probably one of the most interesting things is that Steve doesn’t believe Apple’s patents were innovative.
I hate it … I don’t think the decision of California will hold. And I don’t agree with it — very small things, I don’t really call that innovative.
Who can blame him? Who in their right mind could possibly think that a rectangle with rounded edges is the peak of innovation? I guess the jury of the court case did. However, as you can see above Woz expects that the verdict will not hold and perhaps there will be no damages to be paid.
With Samsung and HTC reportedly already gearing up to sue Apple for the LTE enabled iPhone 5, things could turn the other way – and quickly. While we’d all like all of this patent nonsense to go to rest, it looks like things are really just getting started. That is, of course, unless all these manufacturers can come to some kind of cross-licensing agreement. Woz touches on this too:
I wish everybody would just agree to exchange all the patents and everybody can build the best forms they want to use everybody’s technologies.
That sounds like a great idea, Woz. Let’s all be friends and the tech sphere will be a much happier place with innovation being the main priority. How does that sound to you?