Google chairman: 'These patent wars are death'October 11, 2012: 6:23 AM ET
Quotations from Eric Schmidt on Maps, Microsoft and the Apple-Android platform war
FORTUNE -- If nothing else, Google (GOOG) Chairman -- and former Apple (AAPL) board member -- knows how to deliver a good sound bite. Judging from the reporting of AllThingsD's Peter Kafka and Liz Gannes, he rattled off a bumper crop Wednesday night at the 92nd Street Y. A sample:
- "The Android-Apple platform fight is the defining fight in the industry today."
- "Microsoft is a well-run company, but they don't make state-of-the-art products."
- "We're trying to solve material problems in the world. Judge us by our solutions."
- "It's really an error that we [i.e. humans] are allowed to drive the car."
- "Apple decided a long time ago to do their own maps … [now they've] discovered that maps are really hard."
- "Apple should have kept with our maps."
- "I can't talk about [standards-essential patents] because I don't know the details and because it actually just gets me too upset."
- "These patent wars are death."
- "I was on Apple's board, and I'll always have a soft spot for them."
Asked which company he'd most like to be CEO of, Schmidt answered Apple, because they have the most cash.